Track #2: Fissure
CD. 5 tracks / 43:13 mins. Multi-layered handmade transparent outer-sleeve, lino-block printed envelope. Limited edition of 100.
On the aptly titled Improvisations for Strings and Electronics, Marielle Jakobsons and Agnes Szelag (Myrmyr) team up with cellist Helena Espvall (of Espers) on a series of, you guessed it, improvisations for strings and electronics. Recorded in Oakland, CA, Jakobsons and Szelag created graphic scores for the occasion.
A little while ago Agnes asked me which bands I’d compare this album to. I couldn’t think of a single one. Not even the more classically oriented works of someone like Godspeed! You Black Emperor really come close.
What did immediately leap to mind were the string quartets of contemporary composers Gloria Coates, Morton Feldman, Per Nørgård, and Henryk Górecki. As well, some of the more challenging, discordant and visceral works of Arvo Pärt bear a similarity to the sinuous, winding melodies and stunning tonal landscape created here.
Ethereal and rapturous beauty tempered with sinister, creeping danger looming ominously in the shadows.
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Just ordered mine and I can’t wait to check it out! I have never heard Helena Espvall, but I am a huge fan of Szelag and Jakobsons. This has to be a fantastic match.
Thanks Andrew. I can pretty much guarantee you won’t be disappointed. And you should check out more of Helena’s work. It’s pretty stellar. Your order will be shipped tomorrow!
Just go the cd in and next to really stunning art work, the music is beyond beautiful. Thank you so much for this wonderful release !
Thanks! Hearing that definitely makes it all worth while.
Did not have a listen yet but it arrived in Germany within less than a week!
Great service, thanks.
Cheers. Hope you enjoy it.