2006: Real World/Virgin CDRW132
A beautiful album of flute-voices.
I was curious to hear what Annie Lennoxs collaboration (on Fade Away) would be like given this milieu very different from her already diverse range, and I was far from disappointed: the track was lovely and dark with a need for peace when suddenly there was Annies chant of may you rest your head in peace and stillness . Instant gooseflesh and a wave of chills rippled the entire length of my spine as her vocals unwound into arabesques which then intertwined with Lhamos own angelic flourishes. It made a fine followup to the almost painfully pure tones of Someday, which both precedes and prefaces it. A later listening to Fade Away reminded me of the album Jan Garbarek did in collaboration with the Hilliard Ensemble, a CD I once owned but let go when Id moved on to the source material (the Missa Defunctorum) which I preferred for its unornamented beauty; Lennoxs voice here is less of a superimposition than Garbareks sax and more of a primal/Arabic fluid element.
It was also a treat to hear Joy Askews voice againI hadnt heard what shes been up to and certainly didnt anticipate this interesting pairing, although given her connection with Peter Gabriel I suppose I should have anticipated that shed appear in a RealWorld recording sooner or later.
Curiously, it reads completely differently when heard on headphones. The impressions are much more internally focused and arrayed than when heard on a speaker-based stereoscope. The difference is that of being *within* the flute (or being the flute player at least) as opposed to hearing the flute being played. Also the softer elements such as the English words spoken in 9/11 arent lost in the intense clarity of the focal tones.
Actually in retrospect Im surprised there isnt a collaboration with Laurie Anderson here, especially that 9/11 wasnt one. I wonder if the two have met theres some potentially rich territory to be considered there.
Comments © 2006 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.