Deaf Center: Owl Splinters (CD, Type, February 2011)

Apologies for the modern-classical family tree stuff, but: Take the spiky cello of Erik Skodvin (aka Svarte Greiner), the delicate piano of Otto Totland (aka half of Nest), add some lo-fi drones, what sound like vocal choruses, and general production cleverness with assistance from Nils Frahm, and you get… something rather great. This album evokes a range of emotions, from the tender and the contemplative to the urgent and the sinister, and each is compellingly realized. Rarely an easy listen, but this is compelling, powerful stuff.

I bought this from Boomkat. They call it Home Listening / Modern Classical / Ambient.

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