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orla wren - The One Two Bird and The Half Horse
A graduate of Expanding Records, Orla Wren decamps to the Flau label for an achingly lovely collection of waifish soundscapes and vaporous vocals. It's an incredibly delicate blend of sonic elements, reportedly influenced by indigenous musics from places as wide and varied as Japan, the Georgian Republic and of course the UK, but in truth this really doesn't sound like music that could be attributed to any real-life territories or cultures. Compositions like 'Book Of Frost' and '33 Fainting Spells' are remarkably well-assembled, lifting field recordings from the natural world and intermingling them with intimate snatches of abstract instrumentation and human utterances. None of this is anything particularly new, but the execution is uncommonly refined. Bring into the equation pieces like 'Seven Papers Torn' - which occupies a more tangibly song-like framework, complete with disembodied folksy instrumentation - and the album begins to flesh out, becoming a deeply involving listening experience. Recommended.