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LP released: Jun 25, 2021

VANESSA AMARA
MUSIC FOR ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS
Label: POSH ISOLATION
Cat No: PSHI2491
Barcode: 5056321656353
Packaging: LP Regular

The beguiling yet inviting music of Vanessa Amara has long presented studies and invocations of ambient music and experimental sound practices with a graceful relief. Music For Acoustic Instruments & Feedback is a collection of unedited live recordings from 2016-2020. It charts a formal path for creation, and in doing so manufactures their most dazzlingly beautiful album to date. Vanessa Amara is a duo from Copenhagen. More recently they've forged links to Coomkeen, Ireland. Together, Birk Gjerlufsen and Sebastian Santillana have released a small plenty of recordings, with their 2016 album You're Welcome Here (PI 156LP) bringing them into a critical orbit with contemporary experimental music and earning them much-deserved recognition. A cluster of releases followed that took their intricately rendered worlds into new constellations and alignments with the suite of instruments that they recurrently call upon. 2020's Leopards and Poses introduced a daring alacrity to the dreamy forms one may associate with Vanessa Amara, suggesting a wealth of silhouettes and wicked suns. Music For Acoustic Instruments & Feedback hints at a similar mischief through its inventive formal strategy, accompanying ideas, and charged theatre, yet it pursues the melancholic kernel at the heart of the project more intently than any previous release. The album's title is descriptive of the album's process. Utilizing an arrangement of microphones, speakers, and tape machines, Vanessa Amara created a system that allowed them to work with acoustic feedback. In the group's own words: ''We don't have a studio or a piano, so instead we work briefly in other peoples' homes or in any room made available to us. Each of these rooms, what is within them and how the instruments resonate there, is what generates the sound.'' With piano, accordion, pipe organ, carillon, and bells, this system generates an exquisite space of delicately placed harmonics and sweet ricochets. As Vanessa Amara explain, ''The autonomy of the feedback is critical as it demands an improvisational relationship to the shaping of sound. We wish to trigger a capacity for refusal of perfection forcing awareness. Our hope is that the transparency that we believe improvisation holds a capacity for can at once connect and nourish solidarity, provoking movement as well as continuity in and between our, as well as our audience's, collective and individual labor in life.'' 01. Bells 02. Piano & Accordion I 03. Accordion 04. Piano & Two Tape Loops 05. Pipe Organ 06. Piano & Accordion II 07. Cembalo & Carillon 08. Piano, Bells & Two Reversed Tape Loops

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