VANTZOU, CHRISTINA

NO. 4 (KRANKY)

VANTZOU, CHRISTINA - NO. 4 124120
Format:
1 LP
Release:
27.04.2018
Label:
KRANKY
Genre:
Electro/Funk
Kat.-Nr.:
124120
Barcode:
0796441821518
Belgium-based composer Christina Vantzou's fourth full-length for Kranky ventures further into the uniquely elusive and evocative mode of ambient classical minimalism which has become her signature: a fragile synthesis of contemplative drift, heady silences, and muted dissonance.

In regards to the new album she speaks of focusing particular attention on the effects of the recordings on the body, and of "directing sound perception into an inner space." No.

4 took shape across roughly two years, incorporating a diverse array of musical and conceptual collaborators, including fellow Kranky artists Steve Hauschildt and John Also Bennett (of Forma) as well as Angel Deradoorian (ex-Dirty Projectors), Clarice Jensen, Beatrijs De Klerck, and members of Belgium's Echo Collective.

During the creation process Vantzou wanted to "blur lines of hierarchy," and thus allowed all ensemble members and technical assistants to add or delete elements.

Despite such a spectrum of input the eleven tracks feel distinctly cohesive, weaving elegant textures and resonant open spaces within a twilit landscape of eclectic instrumentation: piano, harp, vibraphone, voice, strings, marimba, synthesizers, gong, and bells.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. GLISSANDO FOR BODIES AND MACHINES IN SPACE
  • 1.2. PERCUSSION IN NONSPACE
  • 1.3. AT DAWN
  • 1.4. DOORWAY
  • 1.5. SOME LIMITED AND WANING MEMORY
  • 1.6. STAIRCASES
  • 1.7. NO4 STRING QUARTET
  • 1.8. SOUND HOUSE
  • 1.9. LAVA
  • 1.10. GARDEN OF FORKING PATHS
  • 1.11. REMOTE POLYPHONY (FEAT STEVE HAUSCHILDT)