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4.0 out of 5 stars always use lower case fonts, 7 Dec 2011
This review is from: Flumina (Audio CD)
Following the acclaimed cendre (always lower case), this is the new collaboration between Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto. As neither need any sort of introduction, I will cut to the chase. Eschewing any song titles, each track simply states a number, starting at 0318 and finishing at 0429. It is a studied piece of work that wears it's art house credentials proudly on it's sleeve. But it is the music that we are here to talk about. There is no radical departure from cendre and there are echoes of Fennesz's wonderful remix for Sakamoto's Bricolages album. Fennesz sits slighlty back in the mix and creates delicate textures which underpin Sakamoto's expressive piano motifs. There are the obvious Eno / Harold Budd comparisons, which, although valid, are perhaps too obvious. A far closer call would be the remix that Akira Rabelaise did for Harold Budd's "As Long As I Hold My Breath", from the Avalon Sutra album. However, flumina more that stands up for itself. It is so subtle and full of emotion. Fennesz matching Sakamoto's bold playing with his own arsenal of clicks, glitches, washes and static bursts. It is difficult not to lapse into the ambient cliches when describing this music as previous reviewers of Fennesz have found. However, it is emotion that drives this album, as it does both of their solo works and it is the quality and emotion that makes this album so powerful.
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