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Boomkat Product Review:
'Soft Focus' frames Jimi Tenor and friends - Lary 7 & Mia Theodoratus - at their hushed and spiritual jazz best. It's an entirely analogic affair with no computers or digital equipment involved in the production, from conception to the vinyl cut by Didier Selin in Timmion Cutting Laboratory in Helsinki. Eleven tracks capture the trio in meditative, considered form, manning myriad vintage instruments - harp, "homemade exotic flutes", harmonium, philicorda orgel, baldwin synth-a-sound, bamboo wind chimes, large and small glockenspiels, electric carillon, hammond solovox and extravoice, ondioline, celeste, electronic tablas, and much more - conducted with patient and thoughtful pacing to spacious and sophisticated effect. If we're to pick highlights then the aleatoric infusion of distant sirens and bird song with flute and harp in 'Polysomnographic' has our vote, as does the rather more chilling horror scape of 'Quietus' but it's not the sort of record to pick apart, it needs to be heard in one sitting, preferably with the windows open and on a fresh spring morning for full effect.