2009 enhanced release. The aptly named Over Air features a live radio performance by Gregor Samsa at Amsterdam's VPRO radio station recorded in May 2008. The live appearance shows off the richness of their micro-orchestra live set up in never before heard ways, along with the breathtaking vocals of Nikki King Bennett and Champ Bennett. The live set includes songs from their previous recordings.
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This set of finely wrought live performances features no new pieces, but the presentation is perhaps even more delicate, more subtle and nuanced than the original studio recordings. At turns melodic or timbral, there is an unerring sense of sonic proportion and balance: what stands out is that no single instrument, no single voice or voicing dominates the complete surround of these well-woven constructs. The enveloping interactions of phrases and patterns feel profoundly unforced, as if the pieces were worked out to their completed state in real time, free of second-guessing, artificial turns, forced dramas and traumas. No need to think again about work so well thought through. In the end the listener can only conclude that the work and the presentation are simply "evident". Especially moving is the hesitancy of " Adolescent" from "Rest", which becomes more than the metric tinkering of the studio release, creating a remarkably fragile piece. If you have the studio albums, don't fear redundancy. "Over Air" is one of those rare live albums that actually broadens the horizon of the corpus.