Album: Lars Horntveth, Kaleidoscopic, (Smalltown Supersound)
Sunday 25 January 2009
The co-founder of beardie Norwegian prog-meisters Jaga Jazzist presents his second album (following 'Pooka' from 2004), and it's a belter.
Recorded in a church in Riga with the Latvian National Orchestra conducted by Terje Mikkelsen, 'Kaleidoscopic' is one continuous 37-minute piece that develops slowly from pastoral strings into a gradually developing soundscape that recalls Disney or John Williams' film scores, Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' and Steve Reich's early ECM work.
Pick of the album: There's only one track, but the first 10 minutes sets the scene
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