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Maverick cellist Lori Goldstone takes a bow on Second Editions with a rare solo album of unadorned acoustic recordings resonating with both baroque and blues styles.
Arriving 25 years after she played live with Nirvana (with dozens of recordings for everyone from David Byrne to Earth and Fith in between), ‘Things Opening’ catches Goldston’s naturally aching style in action on eight tracks that evince descriptions of her playing as “Classically trained and rigorously de-trained”. As her takes on works by herself, plus Jessica Kenney, Satchel Henneman, and Julio Lopezhiler unfold, Goldston proves to be one of those far-flung composers who has gone so far into their instrument and practice that they have a license to genuinely fuck with its conventions and give voice to its lesser heard inner dialogue.
Like tuning into the cello’s subvocalisations or private conversations, ‘Things Opening’ appears to explore and reveal the instrument’s uncanny parallels with the range of the human voice. In Goldston’s hands it speaks to a history of expression both pained and beautiful, diving a raw but precise dissonance that may well set your teeth on edge, but also make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.