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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Lucrecia Dalt, Mary Lattimore, Félicia Atkinson, Christina Vantzou, Benjamin Lew & Steven Brown, among others, reprise the exploratory ambient/neo-classical spirit of Crammed Discs’ Made To Measure comps for a new decade
Calling in the cream of the contemporary crop, Crammed join the dots between original ambient experimenters and their aesthetic descendants with a finely plotted compilation who components that exceeds the sum of its parts. Primed for guiding your dreams and turning inner sanctums into fantasy settings, ‘Fictions’ weaves a course from piquant, mercurial modular synth plucks and bells in Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s ‘Waterways’ to the sylvan jazz-noir sublime of original Tuxedomoon members and ambient pioneers Lew & Brown via nuanced strains of impressionistic, storytelling music.
Christina Vantzou is on hand with a meld of field recordings, subtle electronics and quizzical solo keys in ‘Museum Critic’, and ECM’s Nils Petter Molvær seduces with lonely sax bleat on ‘Ne pas se puncher au dehors’, with South & Central American trio Lucretia Dalt, Matias Aguayo & Camille Mandoki supply a enchanted highlight. Inne Eysermans curiously recalls her near namesake Ann Eysermans on the concrète enigma ‘Blue’, and Felicia Atkinson can be relied upon for the chamber baroque/electro-acoustic intrigue of ‘The Sun, Perhaps Three of Them’.