Album review

Mira Calix - 3 Commissions

Chantal Passamonte, aka Mira Calix, is a highly individual talent in the left-field sector. While many of her contemporaries rarely look beyond cuts'n'glitch orthodoxies, her two previous albums signposted an extensive and audacious range. This clearly hasn't gone unnoticed. Geneva's Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, for instance, commissioned her to compose a piece of music using insect noises.

The original version here of "Nunu" brilliantly morphs studio-piloted drones with naturally generated clicks and chirps. Elsewhere "Le Jardin de Barbican" (for London's Barbican Centre) is a floating, hallucinogenic carnival of tinderbox chimes and neo-classical string sweeps.

Rating: 4 / 10


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