Elodie: Traces Ephémères – LP
La Scie Dorée, Scie 1113, Belgium 2014
Edition of 350 copies
Special edition of 90 copies in slipcase handmade by Andrew Chalk available through Faraway Press
Eclectic ensemble of 18 instrumental arrangements evoking an epic and existential
soundtrack determined by the power of momentary destiny and reflective sentiment.
Music played by Andrew Chalk & Timo van Luijk
Clarinet by Jean-Noël Rebilly
Piano and koto by Tom James Scott
June 2015 : 2nd edition of 250 copies
Contours du Vent
Mystic midnight tones from Andrew Chalk and Timo van Luijk’s Elodie. Summarised by their Belgian label, La Scie Doree as an “Eclectic ensemble of 18 instrumental arrangements evoking an epic and existentialist soundtrack determined by the power of momentary destiny and reflective sentiment”, the album unpackages a gauzy sequence of strung-out spectral nocturnes incorporating the clarinet of Jean-Noël Rebilly with piano and koto by Tom James Scott. They’re considerately succinct pieces, oscillating dreamily between diaphanous chamber drones, ghostly guitar passages redolent of Loren Connors, and fragile string loops recalling the melancholy of William Basinki, with their pensile effect beautifully enhanced by a sensitivity to space and timbre that leaves notes almost tingling on the tongue or tickling the nostrils. It’s genuinely magickal stuff, bound to be loved by many romantic nightowls.