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Julia Kent — Asperities (October 30, 2015)

Julia Kent — Asperities (October 30, 2015)

                 Julia Kent — Asperities (October 30, 2015)  Julia Kent — Asperities (October 30, 2015)Location: Canada ~~ New York City, NY, U.S.
Album release: October 30, 2015
Record Label: The Leaf Label
Duration:     43:42
Tracks:
01 Hellebore     4:04
02 Lac des Arcs     5:39
03 The Leopard     6:09
04 Flag of No Country     4:48
05 Terrain     4:28
06 Empty States     3:59
07 Heavy Eyes     5:07
08 Invitation to the Voyage     5:30
09 Tramontana     3:58Review
Gary Kaill | 21 Oct 2015 | Score: *****
•   The Canadian cellist’s fourth album is a masterclass in tonal diversity, expressionist narrative and finespun drama. Perhaps best known for her work with Antony and the Johnsons, Kent has also played with Rasputina and Swans, and cineastes will be familiar with her contribution to Paulo Sorrentini’s 2011 film This Must Be The Place. •   But it’s her solo work that is worthy of the greatest renown and Asperities (definition: harshness of surface; an affliction) is an artistic leap of some magnitude. Cello aside, Kent utilises found sounds and electronics to build texture and mood. In the purity of its construction and its emotional heft, Asperities is a deeply satisfying reworking of classic forms.
The Leopard’s mournful sweep and Hellebore’s cool minimalism are affecting and hypnotic. Invitation to the Voyage dispenses a multitude of simple, urgent motifs, casts them away, returns to them, conjures a breathless drama. Tramontana’s dissonant counterpoint is a rare sidestep: Kent cares little for shock value. By the time Terrain introduces electronic percussion and the mood shifts from plaintive to threatening, Asperities’ fullness and freedom is staggering, its eloquence something to behold. As accessible (and equally reverential) as the work of the American composer Alan Hovhanhess, and as much a part of the here and now as the warped electronica of Laurel Halo, Kent operates in an artistic netherworld that straddles — or simply dismisses — accepted genres. Recommended without reservation, Asperities is an edifying and invigorating spectacle. •   http://www.theskinny.co.uk/
Website: http://www.juliakent.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEHKx5wjh3o
Twitter: https://twitter.com/juliakent
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliakent.musicBIOGRAPHY
•   After years spent performing and recording with other artists and groups, Canadian–born, New York City–based Julia Kent found her own voice with her solo debut, Delay, an exploration of the private emotional worlds that exist within the disjunctions and disorientations of travel, hailed for its “lovely, melancholy” compositions, full of “aching romanticism…rich melodicism, and detailed arrangements.” She toured to support it throughout Europe and North America, and subsequently released an EP, Last Day in July.
•   In Green and Grey, her following solo record, she continued to use looped and layered cello, electronics, and field recordings to explore the intersections between the human world and the natural world, the melding of the technological and the organic, the patterns and repetitions that exist in nature and are mirrored in human creations, and the complexity and fragility of our relationships with one another and with the world that surrounds us.
•   Character, her latest record, was released by The Leaf Label in March 2013.
•   Julia Kent has composed a number of original film scores, as well as music for theatre and dance performances. She has toured throughout Europe and North America, including appearances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, the Donau festival in Austria, Meltdown in London, and the Unsound festival in New York City._____________________________________________________________

Julia Kent — Asperities (October 30, 2015)

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