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Lars Horntveth Kaleidoscopic

  • Words: Shawn Reynaldo
  • Label: Smalltown Supersound
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

The simple fact that Kaleidoscopic consists of a single, 37-minute composition makes this an intimidating record. Admittedly striving for grandiosity, Horntveth has created something that, purely in terms of scope, quickly surpasses his debut album, Pooka, and his usual work with Jaga Jazzist. This is post-rock writ large... and created in collaboration with the 41 members of the Latvian National Orchestra. Yet this is no classical bore—more akin to a film score, the emotive string arrangements, serene clarinet melodies, and other orchestral flourishes beautifully fill out the composition. More than anything, Kaleidoscopic is a pleasant listen—kudos to Horntveth for going big without going over the top.

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