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Boomkat Product Review:
Danish violinist Katrine Grarup Elbo impresses with a quietly confident, chilly collection of analog electronix and atmospheric strings. Like a soundtrack to a particularly terrifying arthouse movie, in the best possible way.
"Fold Unfold" is Elbo's debut full-length, but follows years of activity as a member of classical four-piece We Like We. She brings this expertise to a short sequence of spare compositions that ooze with the kind of confidence you need to handle such icy minimalism. Working with only a few ingredients means that everything needs to be just right, and each element - vocals, strings and electronics - is treated with the utmost care.
These tracks proudly wear the influence of Jocelyn Pook (who composed the iconic soundtrack to Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut"), Deaf Center and ECM greats like David Darling, but innovate rather than simply repeat. Elbo's technique is already breathtaking, but her production and composition sets "Fold Unfold" apart from her peers. It's a harrowing, mysterious record, spinning a yarn that's one part fairytale, one part psychological horror and one part emotional arthouse drama.