Boomkat Product Review:
Following a series 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), Christina Vantzou lands on Edições CN for a full length of art-house chamber music, her most abstract and satisfying album to date. Smudged and woozy like the most non-linear dreamworlds, 'Multi Natural' follows its own internal logic - moods appear and dissolve, time turns in on itself, voices echo. For a hallucinogenic experience through sound, it’s perhaps the most impressive and transformative record we’ve heard this year - highly recommend if yr into Grouper's layered ambience, getting lost in 'Last year at Marienbad’, microdosing.
The soothing sounds of Vantzou's earlier records are here fogged in a more indecipherable mystery, with marshy electronics humming through eerie 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 a magickal experience, transportive and calm, never just pleasant.
"Within this album lives a composer who is not afraid to let the content take over. In this, obviously composed work, there is still a large space for all those sounds to act freely. It is almost like Christina is waiting for the music to compose itself. This technique speaks of respect and trust for the listener, since it gives the listener freedom to personally connect the lines.
When you put the needle on this record, everything turns to stone—pahoehoe. The music flows and nurtures. Sounds that come from various realities—molded into a mutual understanding. With each spin, new events catch the ears. Like looking at a landscape, perceiving new details close and far with every gaze.
Somewhere the invasive Coqui frogs sing their beautiful staccato. A sound echoing annoyances with local farmers. But ... And before you know it, you’ve reached the end of the record. Showing another quality I so much adore. The act of playing with time.
Yes, when Christina warps both time and space for you, it comes to you as a gift."