Friday, 26 February 2016

Library Tapes - Escapism, album review


The cello and piano chamber pieces on this album are all very beautiful, and they sooth for the briefest of moments. It is like a tender tease, escaping as listeners - to intone the album’s title - down aural pathways that suddenly come to abrupt ends. The gentle vignettes are generally slow and undisturbing, though fourth Tristesse/Escapsim has a moderately rousing piano rise, yet this too doesn’t take its energy far. It is neither dark nor dour in the restrictions imposed on each piece, but equally there is no attempt to take you to plains of secured repose. There is a melancholic dusting from the whole, but it is easily brushed off by the movement to other sounds of the day.

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