Boomkat Product Review:
Mystic midnight tones from Andrew Chalk and Timo van Luijk's Elodie.
Summarised by their Belgian label, La Scie Doree as an "Eclectic ensemble of 18 instrumental arrangements evoking an epic and existentialist soundtrack determined by the power of momentary destiny and reflective sentiment", the album unpackages a gauzy sequence of strung-out spectral nocturnes incorporating the clarinet of Jean-Noël Rebilly with piano and koto by Tom James Scott.
They're considerately succinct pieces, oscillating dreamily between diaphanous chamber drones, ghostly guitar passages redolent of Loren Connors, and fragile string loops recalling the melancholy of William Basinki, with their pensile effect beautifully enhanced by a sensitivity to space and timbre that leaves notes almost tingling on the tongue or tickling the nostrils. It's genuinely magickal stuff, bound to be loved by many romantic nightowls.