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Opulent neo-classical sound paintings by Canadian Flore Laurentienne, adapting inspiration from the landscapes of Quebec with pulpy, romantic, cinematic soundtrack appeal.
Sibling to a first set in 2019, ‘Volume II’ derives eight succinctly evocative pieces from a palette of orchestral strings, clarinet and synths put to DAW canvas with an appreciation of counterpoint owing to Johann Sebastian Bach as much as the contrasts of nature evoked by the St. Lawrence Valley flora and river that snakes thru his native Canadian province.
“Listeners of Volume I will recognise Gagnon’s signature approach towards reworking and reframing an emblematic melody or concept across a series of works in Volume II, a process he likens to that of a painter creating multiple sketches of the same view. Continued from the first album, the enigmatic “Fleuve” series is conjured to evoke the multiple personalities of the great St. Lawrence River, and the “Navigation” works (“III” and “IV”) wade through dappled progressions and expansive streams of string, the latter of which harbors the gentle meanderings of improvised clarinet.
In Volume II, Gagnon continues his expansion of classical composition archetypes to meet a new realm of sonic romanticism. Thematic conventions of wandering the pastoral sublime become altered into glimmering refractions, relaying the emotional and kinetic power of natural energies. Volume II forms an estuary where streams of auditory microcosm reach a horizon of dynamic contrast, and reflect the parallel tenors of nature and humankind.”