ALBUM REVIEW: Ana Roxanne – Because Of A Flower | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Kranky

Released: 13.11.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ana Roxanne’s outstanding full-length debut has the intense intimacy of a purifying ritual, ambient music not as soothing sonic mush but as a mysterious transmission from some parallel dimension. Roxanne doesn’t just pick a nice-sounding synth patch and input some relaxing chords: this music is suffused with a sense of place, room sound and analogue artefacts colouring between the musical lines.

Compositions like album opener Untitled straddle the line between the beatific and the nightmarish, beautiful phrases winding angularly around a ghostly liturgical drone like the incantations of a priestess. It might sound like stuff you’ve heard on Kranky before – Grouper comparisons are not unwarranted – but Roxanne distinguishes herself with a truly unique combination of pastoral beauty and Delphic mystery.

 

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