Boomkat Product Review:
The label behind Dominique Lawalree’s much-adored compilation pick out a real abstract beauty by cellist Leila Bordreuil for their 4th release, coming off like some dream meeting of Anne Guthrie and Kevin Drumm as overseen by Eliane Radigue.
Recorded in a single afternoon in Brooklyn, Leila’s debut album of unprocessed amplified cello recordings in ‘Headflush’ render an arrestingly detached yet immersive perspective on her instrument - which is commonly known to mirror the range of the human voice. With this is mind, Leila’s recordings speak to a sense of disembodiment or an out of body experience, drawing the instrument’s Ur voice out of itself and into space where she reinforces and makes it sigh thick smoky tones pealing with stressed partials in a way that wouldn’t sound out of place on the ‘Eraserhead’ soundtrack. It’s most excellent.
“Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn-based cellist, composer, and sound-artist from France. She accesses concepts as diverse as jazz, contemporary classical, noise, and experimental traditions but adheres to her own vision of sound. The New York Times has described her work as “steadily scathing music, favoring long and corrosive atonalities”. Driven by a fierce interest in pure sound and inherent texture, Bordreuil challenges conventional cello practice through extreme extended techniques and amplification methods. Her composed works frequently incorporate sound-spatialization by way of site-specific pieces and multichannel installations.”