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  • Audio CD (September 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bedroom Community
  • ASIN: B008L68EXK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Architecture Of Loss. With an album title like that, Valgeir Sigurðsson immediately paints a picture of raw heartache, cold distress and practiced grief. In addition, the credits reveal that the music was originally composed for the same-titled ballet by Stephen Petronio, so it retains that cinematic feel, evoking strong visual imagery. The acoustic instrumentation is incredibly personal, intimate and close. The scratching strings, the rasping percussion, the moaning electronics - all make up an arsenal of hand-picked medium carefully selected for the score. And the performers on the album are just as crucial as its path. Here we find Nico Muhly on the piano; Nadia Sirota on the viola; Helgi Hrafn Jónsson on trombone; and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily. It seems that with a particular performance in mind, Sigurðsson was able to find the structure, in which he clearly excelled from within.

The room gets dark. Out of nowhere the pace picks up, gathering rhythm in a whirlpool of sound. The rumbling vibrations come from an unknown source - either it's a pitched down string or a synthesized machine - I can't really tell. And this particular aesthetic is where Sigurðsson shines the most. The electronics gracefully blend among organic instrumentation, allowing one to imagine a player behind a deep rasping contraption, the hand churning magnetic plates, evoking a howl from its cone-sculpted mouth. Ah, but then some light comes in, and the strings enter, beckoning the listener to float along, into its `Erased Duet' and out through `Reverse Erased'. The music revolves around the concepts of "formation and disintegration", the experience of creation and losing everything again; whether this loss is physical, emotional, or fabricated by your mind.
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elegant and edgy, Valgeir has done it again. Wonderful synthesis of classical and electronic musical elements. Congratulations on your "loss".
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By ithilien on December 29, 2012
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I cannot stop listening to this album.The track Big Reveal is amazing but the whole album is haunting and meditative.
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A great CD with excellent sound quality. My only complaint is that it is not longer. It just gets going when it ends at 38 minutes.
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A fantastic release!
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