Boomkat Product Review:
Christina Vantzou strikes a super rich vein of somnambulant chamber drone with this 3rd solo album for Kranky after her 2004 contribution to The Dead Texan LP with Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid).
Accompanied by a 14 piece ensemble of wind, percussion and vocalists, plus additional flute, clarinet and stacks of synthesisers - DX7, Yamaha CS20, Roland Juno-6, Cyclonix Shape Shifter - 'No3' unpackages a deep blue mystery across 14 tracks and 71 minutes of heart-melting ambient beauty.
It's exactly the sort of liminal, waking-dream record that Kranky have specialised in for over 20 years now, and, perhaps because of her enduring relationship with the label, finds her in a position to properly absorb and transmute her influences and the label's aesthetic into something beyond the sum of their parts.
Scaled from the rolling, organic megastructures of 'Valley Drone' thru the eerie chorale intimacy of 'Laurie Spiegel', to the diaphanous, opiated drone realms of 'Stereoscope' and a bittersweet, discordant viscera of 'The Future', this album is certain to register deeply with the most romantic and lonely listeners.
RIYL Gas, Leyland James Kirby, Biosphere, Wolves in the Throne Room, Stars of the Lid.