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Friday, January 25, 2013

Julia Kent's Dramatic "Tourbillon"

Posted by on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM

  • The Leaf Label
I don't know about you, but I read that title as "tourbillion," which reminded me of tour support—lots and lots of tour support. Wikipedia defines the actual term as follows: "In horology, a tourbillon is an addition to the mechanics of a watch escapement." (Huh?)

Aside from her solo records and film scores, Canada-born, NYC-based cellist Julia Kent is a touring member of Antony and the Johnsons. The new song, a pulse-quickening dance between cello and piano, appears on Kent's new LP, her third to date.

According to the press notes, "She called the album Character [as] a reference to the notion of humans being characters in their own narrative." In the notes, Kent describes the unusual instrumental-found sound mix: "matches being struck, to wineglasses, to the sound of pen on paper, to an ancient autoharp..."

If Matmos wasn't on tour with Mouse on Mars, they would make for the ideal bill, since Drew and Martin are also known for their ingenious musical sources.

Leaf releases Character on Mar 4 (CD, digital, and limited-edition LP+CD).


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