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Boomkat Product Review:
The latest in a long line of collaborations between lauded Scottish composer Craig Armstrong and Berlin-based electro-ist Antye Greie, ‘Orlando’ finds the duo tackling Virginia Woolfe’s masterpiece ‘Orlando’. Originally conceived as a play, the music still manages to stand on its own, echoing the haunting narrative with a steely resolve. Armstrong’s mastery and restraint is evident throughout but most successfully in the album’s more overtly orchestral moments. His compositional signatures give the tracks an endearing levity, and these touches are balanced well with Greie’s buzzing electro-acoustics. Those of you familiar with the AGF canon will no doubt be unsurprised to hear that Greie again uses vocal manipulation to punctuate the record with a human element, but in context with the story itself and the themes explored it seems to fit in elegantly. For me ‘Orlando’ is the duo’s most successful collaboration to date; it is lean and effortlessly listenable, striking a rarely achieved balance between the weird and the traditional.