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5.0 out of 5 stars Maverick Magnificence, 23 Oct 2011
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This review is from: We Are Rising (Audio CD)
Just when you think you know where you are with the opening track
of Ryan Lott's album 'We Are Rising' (ie another drippy piece in the
burgeoning jigsaw puzzle of chillwave heaven) something curious begins
to happen. The shifting chords and ephemeral voices start to take on
a far-more complex and persuasive structure than we might have expected.
Mr Lott's formal musical training quickly becomes apparent and as the album
continues to unfold the landscape opens out towards ever unpredictable
horizons. There is a fiercely idiosyncratic mind at work in these nine
compositions which beguile and excite us in equal measure. He is as much a
chameleon as Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens, with whom he shares more
than a little kinship in his magpie approach to melodic structure and richly
imaginative thematic development. Everything and nothing is as it seems.

Take a song like 'Leave The Riches', a slow march infused with beautifully
realised choral elements framing Mr Lott's fragile but evocative voice.
The slow-building narrative reveals its heart step by step and reveals its
creator's cinematic sensibility and vision. A composition of quiet grandeur.
'All The Right Things', too, mixes electronics, orchestral instrumentation
and delightful vocal intrusions in a maverick arrangement which got me
thinking about Beirut's and Sparks' not dissimilar excursions into wildly
eclectic musical territories. 'Flower' captures a particularly beautiful
moment. A delicate and haunting musical-box of a song, full of magical
woodwind accents and fairy-tale cadences. The stuff of pure enchantment!
'Chase' mixes up a hesitant and dreamy central vocal performance with
sparkling mercurial flourishes from Mr Lott's crack ensemble. 'Claws',
in contrast, introduces a more sinister element into the proceedings;
the juddering synth lines and pounding percussion are the stuff of pure
nightmare. The staccato rhythmic progressions and swirling clouds of choral
mayhem of final track 'Rebuild' bring the album to a breath-taking conclusion.

'We Are Rising' is nothing less than a magnificent feast for the ears and mind.

Highly Recommended.
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