Forces of na­ture

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - SIOB­HÁN KANE

(Blood­group), Ar­nalds is bet­ter known for his min­i­mal pi­ano and string com­po­si­tions. It is this con­trast that makes this record so thrilling, but they are not op­po­sites, rather dou­bles echo­ing each oth­ers cre­ativ­ity.

Acous­tic in­stru­ments sit amid drums, a string quar­tet, a grand pi­ano, syn­the­sis­ers and tape de­lays to pro­duce a very com­plete mu­si­cal state­ment. Lit sets out their the­sis: min­i­mal sounds flit their way into the ether be­fore meet­ing drums that break and rat­tle, only to melt away for mourn­ful strings and sin­gu­lar pi­ano.The pi­ano on Held keeps the strings at bay, al­low­ing a dis­sem­bling of per­cus­sion, which speeds up fu­ri­ously on Looped, and is mea­sured and deep on Swayed. Dragged’s omi­nous in­tro­duc­tion pro­vides an an­chor for the dubby break­down, and the brit­tle­ness to Bent, with its frac­tured beats, works bril­liantly. The ele­giac tone on Burnt, with its swirling drums and gloam­ing synths, re­sem­bles a prayer of sorts.

This is a beau­ti­ful record that cap­tures a real sense of liv­ing, for we are surely Lit, Held, Looped, Swayed, Thrown, Dragged, Bent, and Burnt.

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