ALBUM REVIEW: Sarah Neufeld – Detritus | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 14.05.21






While devotees of Arcade Fire’s epic indie-pop will have to wait a while longer for a new album, fans of resident violinist Sarah Neufeld’s more esoteric ventures have had much to celebrate over recent months.

Arriving hot on the heels of House Music, a superb first record in 12 years from her experimental collective Bell Orchestre, this third solo outing likewise finds the Canadian musician and composer in stellar form, looping her instrument into a chain of fluid motifs and fine-woven soundscapes. It’s a potent method – so much so that Detritus’ sparse supplementary synths and ethereal vocals can occasionally feel bolted-on.

By and large, though, the effect is dazzling; a stream of hypnotic rhythms and rich timbres, capable of both calming and quickening the heart with prodigious grace.


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