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2009-10-15 12:27:26 UTC
We owe Rachel Grimes big. With a proliferation of neo-classicists now banging on the eardrums of indie kids everywhere, it’s easy to forget the impact her chamber music ensemble, Rachel’s, made on the guitar-dominated dominions of alternative music in the mid-90s. Arguably, without her and the group to which she lent her name, artists like Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson and even Sigur Rós would not have found such a wide and receptive audience. Heavily influenced by Erik Satie and Michael Nyman, Grimes’ piano playing gave the group’s debut, 1995’s Handwriting, an air of authenticity, helping to fend off the naysayers accusing the Louisville troupe of crossover dilettantism. But it was only with Music for Egon Schiele, released a year later, that Grimes found the conviction and confidence to match her voice, the solemnity of her instrument leading the sombre tributes to the controversial Austrian painter. The breathtaking vignettes that comprised that work were deftly-delivered minimalist expressions, impressionistic rather than melodic, full of heartbreaking decays and intimate focus on the timbre of a solitary note. It is an approach that Grimes resurrects on her enchanting solo debut, Book of Leaves. Her most wondrous gift was always her ability to paint the most evocative pictures in purest ivory and her lightness of touch allows majestic statements such as The Corner Room and Long Before Us to ring out, echoing with sensuousness and sentiment before drawing the listener back in. Occasionally she attempts to augment her creations with unfussy field recordings, such as the avian choruses that weave between delicate ivory droplets on She Was Here and Every Morning, Birds, but these seem like merely tokenistic distractions. Grimes’ performances are standalone strong throughout and any accompaniment is really just so much side salad. It’s only with the album’s longest piece, the almost Charlemagne Palestine-esque like shimmer of Mossgrove, that the album’s fragile spell is almost broken. But it’s a momentary diversion and a distinctive tributary which ably demonstrates Grimes’ growing versatility and development as an artist. Book of Leaves is simply an absorbing turn from a true pioneer. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ( Piano ALL THE WAY. Amazing Pianos sound ). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Book Of Leaves Artist - Rachel Grimes Album - Book Of Leaves Release Date - 2009 Genre - Instrumental, Solo Piano, Mod/Neo-classical Tracklist 1 Long Before Us 1:23 2 Every Morning 2:14 3 The Corner Room 3:10 4 She Was Here 3:41 5 On The Morrow 2:58 6 My Dear Companion 2:27 7 Far Light 2:03 8 Mossgrove 4:53 9 Bloodroot 2:59 10 At The Pond 1:17 11 Starwhite 1:35 12 The Side View 3:13 13 Every Morning, Birds 2:20 14 A Bed of Moss 2:26 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rachel Grimes - Book Of Leaves Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Artist - Rachel's Album - Music for Egon Schiele Release Date - 1996 Genre - Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock, Mod-classical, Piano Tracklist 1.Family Portrait 2.Egon & Gertie3. First Self-Portrait Series 4.Mime Van Osen 5.Second Self-Portrait Series 6.Wally, Egon & Models in the Studio 7.Promenade 8.Third Self-Portrait Series 9.Egon, Edith & Wally Meet 10.Egon & Wally Embrace and Say Farewell 11.Egon & Edith 12.Second Family Portrait ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rachel's - Music for Egon Schiele Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Artist - Rachel's Album - Handwriting Release Date - 1995 Genre - Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock, Mod-classical, Piano Tracklist 1.Southbound to Marion 2.M. Daguerre 3.Saccharin 4.Frida Kahlo 5.Seratonin 6.Full on Night 7.Handwriting ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rachel's - Handwriting Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Artist - Rachel's Album - Selenography Release Date - 1999 Genre - Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock, Mod-classical, Piano Tracklist 1.A French Galleasse 2.On Demeter 3.The Last Light 4.Kentucky Nocturne 5.Honeysuckle Suite (Sugar Maple - Elm - Sweetgum) 6.Artemisia 7.Old Road 60 8.An Evening of Long Goodbyes 9.Cuts the Metal Cold 10.The Mysterious Disappearance of Louis LePrince 11.Forgiveness 12.Hearts and Drums ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rachel's - Selenography Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Artist - Rachel's Album - Systems / Layers Release Date - 2003 Genre - Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock, Mod-classical, Piano Tracklist 1.Moscow Is in the Telephone 2.Water from the Same Source 3.Systems / Layers 4.Expect Delays 5.Arterial 6.Even / Odd 7.Wouldn't Live Anywhere Else 8.Esperanza 9.Packet Switching 10.Where_Have_All_My_Files_Gone? 11.Reflective Surfaces 12.Unclear Channel 13.Last Things Last 14.Anytime Soon 15.Air Conditioning / A Closed Feeling 16.Singing Bridge 17.And Keep Smiling 18.4 or 5 Trees 19.NY Snow Globe ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rachel's - Systems / Layers Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Artist - Rachel's Album - The Sea and the Bells Release Date - 1996 Genre - Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock, Mod-classical, Piano Tracklist 1.Rhine & Courtesan 2.The Voyage of Camille 3.Tea Merchants 4.Lloyd's Register 5.With More Air Than Words 6.All Is Calm 7.Cypress Branches 8.The Sirens 9.Night at Sea 10.Letters Home 11.To Rest Near to You 12.The Blue-Skinned Waltz 13.His Eyes ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rachel's - The Sea and the Bells Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Recommendations: Philip Glass ~ Nils Frahm ~ Arvo Pärt ~ Peter Broderick ~ 久石譲 (Joe Hisaishi) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ THANKS HOTBLACK... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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