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2018 30 Apr

No. 4, Christina & The Kranky Connection

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Belgian composer / artist Christina Vantzou is something of an archetypal performer found on the cult-ish Kranky label. So far, all her previous solo albums (if you don’t know, you might guess the titles are numbered) and as a member of the duo The Dead Texan (with Adam Wiltzie of Stars of The Lid) bear what you could label as the “Kranky sound of excellence” – music that defies categorisation and bordering on ambient, post-rock, classical or jazz. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s vocal (Low made some of their best albums for the label) or instrumental (the brilliant Labradford). No. 4 draws the listener inward, but is not melancholic, at least not in a classical sense. It’s like taking comfort in oblivion, in the slowness of things. Vantzou says she is influenced by sleep and dreamlike states, and in this album you can hear it.


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