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Vital figures in folk, classical, improv, and experimental fields, violinist Laura Cannell converses with cellist Kate Ellis on the 2nd instalment of their series charting 2021 in sound
Meeting for the 4th time on record after ‘The Feral Lands’ salvo and preceding editions of this series (if we include their ‘Winter Ritual’ as prologue), the English and Irish collaborators channel a palpable sense of sorrow and an inherent rustic air in the four pieces found on ‘February Sounds.’ Recording took place remotely in their respective homes in Suffolk (Laura) and Essex (Ellis), documenting their innermost feelings, elided and unedited, in spontaneous performances composed by their emotions.
In opener ‘The Bellowing’ they appear to summon the sounds of wounded animals heard across wide and wild landscapes, with Ellis’ cello describing guttural feels, whereas ‘The Riverbank’ is as its title evokes, sublime and pastoral, with overlapping streams of burbling thought. ’Sun Drops Closer To Earth’ brings nightfall with phosphorescing string resonance juxtaposed against gorgeous wordless vox, and ‘Follow Me To The Lantern Marsh’ holds a line into more frightful scenes of bittersweet, overbowed discord that delivers the brain-freeze we’ve come slightly addicted to in Cannell’s music. Honestly, this stuff just makes most other string music seem contrived and aloof by comparison.