Alexan­dra Stréliski

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In­scape

There’s al­ways been a cin­e­matic qual­ity to Alexan­dra Stréliski’s mu­sic. In the eight years since qui­etly self-re­leas­ing de­but Pianoscope, the world started tak­ing no­tice when direc­tor Jean-Marc Val­lée placed songs from the record in projects like Dal­las Buy­ers Club, De­mo­li­tion and the trailer of Big Lit­tle Lies. Where Pianoscope looked out­ward with its rich, sprightly piano tracks, In­scape turns its gaze in­ward, with touches of melan­choly and yearn­ing. The al­bum ti­tle is a port­man­teau of “in­te­rior” and “land­scape,” but its sim­i­lar­ity to “es­cape” shouldn’t go un­no­ticed — each track car­ries a del­i­cate wist­ful­ness, a hope­ful glance out a rainy win­dow to­ward a brighter fu­ture. That Stréliski is ca­pa­ble of evok­ing such emo­tional com­plex­ity out of a sin­gle in­stru­ment her­alds much to come as she con­tin­ues to ap­proach the height of her com­po­si­tional pow­ers. (Se­cret City, se­cretc­i­tyrecords.com)

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