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Cellist Kate Ellis and Violinist Laura Cannell take their monthly series into late spring with this gorgeous selection of shimmering folk-classical hybrids. For fans of Shirley Collins, Max Richter et al.
Each month this year, Cannell and Ellis have channeled their creative energy into a series of poetic reflections on time, place and season. On "May Sounds", the duo shift into late spring and absorb all the beauty that can entail. It opens with 'We Took Short Journeys', muttering spoken word poetry over aching cello loops; 'Earth Day' meanwhile is airy and light, with the duo's strings rubbing up against each other in the sunlight.
The highlight is undoubtedly moving two-part composition 'Not Forgotten' that walks the line between avant classical and folk. Warm, traditional forms are run thru with melancholy and dissonance that mutates them into eerie, cinematic beams of sunlight. Lovely.