Belgium-based visual artist Christina Vantzou penned
new-age music for chamber ensemble on
No.1 (Kranky, 2008) and contributed to
the Dead Texan, the side-project by
Stars Of The Lid's Adam Wiltzie.
The sound on No 2 (Kranky, 2014) is generally less languid and
more robust but these instrumental pieces are way too short to make any
sense other than as background music.
Vantzou is a master at extracting maximum effect from minimum means, but
there is only so much she can do with this sketches.
Nonetheless, it is impressive
the way the slow-motion piano elegy Going Backwards To Recover That Which Was Left Behind is inflated by a slow-rising orchestral minimalism,
how the droning woodwinds of Brain Fog turn a cosmic yearning into
a fairy-tale atmosphere as a melody coalesces, and how
the celestial otherworldly invocation of Sister for strings and vocals
morphs into a harp-driven renaissance dance.
The journey appropriately ends with the mysterious and graceful
The Magic Of The Autodidact, evoking visions of intergalactic vacua.
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