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World of Echo

Released: 06.08.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stefan Christensen’s music is empty yet it lacks nothing. The sudden silences on the opening track are like those spaces which painters choose to leave unpainted. The exposed canvas completely belongs to the finished image. Cheap Things – recorded at home in Newhaven for the London-based World of Echo experimental label – achieves a curious equilibrium between the raw immediacy of anti-folk and the meditative abstractions of minimalism. I am thinking of Jandek, Jesu and more insistently of the hypnotic reveries of Steve Reich.

Out of the five tracks, two are instrumental. They are long and repetitive in a way which feels productive. Cheap Things gives us room and space to drift and feel alive, on a simplified plane. And surely this is worth something.

 

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