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July 14th, 2019


Lucy Railton - Fortified Up

Get ready for 11 minutes of oppression and intensity. Lucy Railton is a cellist who works in both contemporary classical and more experimental electroacoustic modes. Last year saw the release of her first solo album Paradise 94 (2018). Here's the sincerely worrying Fortified Up, a diabolic experiment with Risset tones, those sliding notes that seem to be forever increasing in pitch. As old ones slide off the top of the scale they're joined by new ones in the lower registers, but everything gets blended to leave a seamless sonic paradox. The dissonance is perpetual, a sliding window of harmonic clashes, and the only respite is the eventual arrival of a rough buzzing drone. Ghastly and magnificent.

Lucy Railton - Fortified Up