AVA

Am­bi­ent clas­si­cal lus­tre from Anna Phoebe’s lat­est project.

Prog - - The Musical Box - MD

This is the first re­lease from the duo of Anna Phoebe and Ber­lin-based clas­si­cal com­poser Ais­ling Brouwer. A four-track EP, it has a del­i­cate porce­lain beauty, yet also an un­der­ly­ing firm­ness and pas­sion. The com­bi­na­tion of the for­mer’s vi­o­lin mas­ter­strokes and the lat­ter’s pi­ano lilts is fas­ci­nat­ing. When you lis­ten to the ti­tle track, it’s as if the pair are bonded by a tele­pathic mu­si­cal at­trac­tion, as the gen­tle, pas­toral ar­range­ment brings into fo­cus the ef­fort­less won­der of na­ture. These are com­par­a­tively short com­po­si­tions, as if the duo are teas­ing us for some­thing grander and more elo­quent later this year, when they re­lease an al­bum. But don’t be fooled – there’s so much go­ing on mu­si­cally, it’s as if we’re be­ing given an in­sight into the lan­guage of two artists who com­ple­ment one another well. Mass has a mourn­ful tone, while Into The Deep is a lit­tle more up­lift­ing and Oc­to­ber Day strolls with a be­atific gaze. The over­all im­pact is of mu­sic that’s very vis­ual, and cer­tainly be­longs at the clas­si­cal end of the pro­gres­sive spec­trum. AvA is a spe­cial project, and Waves is a su­perb in­tro­duc­tion to what they’re ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing.

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