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For­mer Mer­cury nom­i­nee switches Fur­naces’ fury for med­i­ta­tive, re­cu­per­a­tive seren­ity

Though this is billed as his first in­stru­men­tal al­bum, Har­court in fact com­pen­sated fans with a lim­ited-edi­tion solo pi­ano col­lec­tion on the day of Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion. A fan­tasy en­ti­tled Kak­istoc­racy that en­vi­sioned the pres­i­dent’s im­peach­ment, its del­i­cate melodies were com­pa­ra­ble to his eighth official re­lease, which has a sim­i­larly es­capist mood. This time, though, Har­court or­na­ments ar­range­ments, adding ghostly synths to “Be­neath The Brine”’s Harold Budd-like still­ness and mourn­ful cel­los to “Em­press Of The Lake”’s quiv­er­ing el­e­gance. “Wolves Change Rivers” be­trays his love for Erik Satie, but “For My Mother”’s re­as­sur­ing af­fec­tion is un­ques­tion­ably his own.

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