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Lovely set of odds and sods from Danish ambient bright lights Vanessa Amara, processing piano, cello, guitar and organ thru their pedalboard.
Sometimes it's nice to see just behind the curtain - Vanessa Amara's latest is a kind of sketchbook, a collection of outtakes, edits and live cuts that show their production process outside of their albums. On the three piano tracks, we hear the trio processing the instrument through what sounds like tape echo, allowing loops to fall into each other and create an ambient lilt that's not a million miles from William Basinski's "Melancholia".
Their other instrumentals are more abstract: a glassy double bass drone, a wheezing exploration of the chamber organ and a gaseous, granular smudge of sound made from electric guitar. Elsewhere, we've got a version of Morton Feldman's String Quartet No. 2, 3rd Movement, and two weighty live recordings. If you enjoyed "Music For Acoustic Instruments & Feedback", this is an insightful companion piece.