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Artist: Maninkari (@)
Title: Continuum Sonore Part 7>14
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
This band is a duo from France rather obscure even if they already released a bunch of albums. Their music lies in the current of almost neo classical projects lying in the interstice between chamber music, with the use of string, and experimental, with the use of drones and subtle variations. This release is the sequel to another release based on the first six part of a longer piece.
'Part 7' opens this release and exposes a musical palette made out of drones but with some lines that reveal a process of musical development rather to depict a static musical surface. 'Part 8' features some static noises upon the underlying drone. 'Part 9' is a slowly evolving drone mottled by a cello while 'Part 10' is based on the juxtaposition of spatialized drones. 'Part 11' features a violin loop upon a soundscape while 'Part 12' is based upon synth and field recording in the first part and evolves in a sort of neo classical tunes for strings. 'Part 13' is an evocative gothic drones for synthesized voices and 'Part 14' closes this release with gentle and sustained notes of synths.
Almost canonical in his form, this release is so carefully constructed that let the listener a taste for hearing the first part as it seems to have lost something. It's really worth a listen.



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