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John Zorn produced debut from Boston (via Korea) based Okkyung Lee.
As the latest contributor to the Oracles series ("a celebration of the diversity and creativity of women in experimental music"), Lee has served up an album of contrasts, wherein the abstract brushes shoulders with more conventional compositions. Heralding the start of 'Nihm' is a collection of chimes ('On A Windy Day') that radiate the very essence of abstract, a situation which is immediately plunged into stark juxtaposition by the following piece ('That Undeniable Empty Feeling'), wherein warm-hued instrumentation is neatly rendered through a Don Redman-esque jazz template.
Elsewhere it is the less forcibly experimental songs that work the best, with 'Home' making a solid advancement of Susumu Yokota's sound (fragile, piano-led melodies) and the gorgeous strings of 'Sky', which could have any number of Type Records' signings stamped on the underbelly.