Boomkat Product Review:
For a hallucinogenic experience through sound, 'Multi Natural’ was perhaps the most engrossing record we heard this year; a full length of art-house, time-dilating chamber music that’s both serene and un-real, following its own peculiar logic like some extended dream sequence excavated and recalled from the deepest recesses of the mind.
Christina Vantzou is best known for her run of solo releases on Kranky and collaborations with John Also Bennett (as CV & JAB) and Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie (as The Dead Texan), but this album for Edições CN - quietly released earlier this year - is perhaps her most interesting and fully realised work to date.
The soothing sounds of Vantzou's earlier records are here fogged in a more indecipherable mystery, with marshy electronics humming through half-heard melodies and whisper-soft, subtle drones. Voices and instruments make themselves known and disappear into the aether; pan flutes offer a memory of new age music before being vaporised completely. It’s an elevated experience, transportive and calm, despite the surreal framing of its components.
It’s an album that leaves you wondering why so much great film and television is content to make use of such humdrum, overly emotional music, why are aesthetically daring filmmakers so often satisfied with lowest common denominators when it comes to their musical choices? Filmmakers, editors, producers etc reading this - and we know there are quite a few of you - pull yr fingers out eh?