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All Is Not Lost,
This review is from: Total Loss (Audio CD)
Tom Krell certainly has a melancholy muse. His 2010 debut 'Love Remains'
was an intense sepulchral minor masterpiece A dark night of one man's soul.
With his new album 'Total Loss' the black clouds seem to have parted more
than a tad to allow a little light and warmth into his singular soundworld.
The eleven compositions in this collection frame his extraordinarily beautiful
voice in luminous veils of shifting synth decorations and understated rhythm.
Mr Krell has a stunning falsetto and this idiosyncratic gift has much to do
with his music's distinctive sound. Ephemeral, elusive and often enchanting.
The majority of his inventions move at a slow pace. Blessed with an affecting
luminosity, his sense of movement and harmony suggests an almost Medieval
quality at times. They would doubtless sound at home resounding among the
columns and arches of a great Gothic cathedral. Small hymns for a Godless world.
Of particular note 'Cold Nights' rings in the air like a frozen incantation;
so too 'Struggle', a curiously affecting number which echoes in and out of a
seemingly cavernous space, its shimmering chords and martial percussion holding
Mr Krell's stunning vocal performance aloft like a bird in flight. '& It
Was You', on the other hand, is almost playful in comparison; a shuffling,
stripped-down piece of joy-filled soul. If I had to pick one track for my
desert island, however, it would be the simply sublime instrumental piece
'World I Need You, Won't Be Without You (Proem)', whose incandescent string
arrangement lights up the heavens with a vivid sense of both hope and wonder.
Mr Krell seems to have found himself in a better place. Share the experience.
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Initial post: 28 Sep 2012 00:42:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2012 02:06:22 BDT
Great review my friend, you make a compelling case for checking this out. One thing you might want to edit though is your info about his debut, it came out in 2010 not 2007 I believe ;)
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2012 12:11:52 BDT
The Wolf says:
Thanks for your kind comment and helpful correction.
(2010 it was!)
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2012 16:44:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2012 16:45:17 BDT
No worries;) how do you think this compares to Frank Ocean's widely lauded Channel Orange LP seeing as though they both broadly fall under the banner of R&B.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2012 09:17:39 BDT
The Wolf says:
Hello Again Kenneth
I'm listening to and enjoying Mr Ocean's album at your
suggestion. I like it. It's a bit "cocktail lounge" (in a good
way) whilst Mr Krell's efforts seem to belong more on "the
high altar" - sort-of sacred vs profane. An interesting question.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2012 18:52:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Sep 2012 18:59:13 BDT
Again, your welcome;) glad you liked Channel Orange and the "sacred vs profane" line is a good descriptor for the ambience of Total Loss (I've listened to quite a bit of it since reading your review).
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