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Raglani Of Sirens Born

  • Words: Joe Colly
  • Label: Kranky
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Having self-released a string of experimental electronic recordings, Keith Fullerton Whitman protégé Joseph Raglani signed to Kranky–home to all that is good and droney–for Of Sirens Born, a majestic-sounding concept piece. The record follows closely to a seafaring theme (ie. “Rivers In” and “Perilous Straits”) and like a traveler washed ashore (also immortalized in a track name) in a foreign land, it explores the wonder and terror of unfamiliar territory. Songs swell and expand, revealing fresh layers as they progress; “Washed Ashore” toys with heavy distortion before returning to ambient textures. The album’s centerpiece is the 10-minute epic “The Promise of Wood and Water,” an intoxicated haze that brings to mind the far-off voices of distant cultures. Delicate and surreal.

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