Boomkat Product Review:
Few artists make listeners as aware of their own being as Andrew Chalk and Timo Van Luijk’s Elodie, as the experience of listening to Le Manteau d’Etoiles uncannily makes us acutely aware of our breathing and the slightest movements when in the presence of the immaculate near-stasis and fragile ephemerality of their sound.
Working beyond trend and convention, Elodie make a sound that feels like it comes from a dreamlike and surreally etheric place. In effect, we’d compare it to the way the atmosphere, pacing and mise-en-scene of arthouse cinema (or even TV) and fiction can somehow connote a sense of reality which literal representations tend to fail to grasp.
Joined by Tom James Scott on the piano stool, and the clarinet of Jean-Noël Rebilly, the quartet seduce us with every turn of Le Manteau d’Etoiles, beautifully upholding a sublime tension from the first icy breaths of Cristaux de Lumière to the solitary, hovering notes of Le Temps Suspendu and the air-bending deliquescence of Le manteau d’Etoiles at its close, and in a way which lingers privately with the listener long after the record stops.
Impossible to convey in words just how beautiful and quietly evocative this music is.
Let’s just call it magick, shall we?