• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | Musk Ox, Memoriam


Het is al even geleden dat ik een iets meer 'klassiek' nummer kon aanbevelen, maar nu is het zover. Ik heb het de afgelopen jaren nogal voor de klanken van een cello, die voor mij zéér diep gaan, letterlijk en figuurlijk. De drie Canadezen van Musk Oxaten met Memoriam instrumentale kamerfolk horen, maar dan wel met sterke neoklassieke en zelfs post rock invloeden. Net die invloeden zorgen ervoor dat het ook voor mijn oren aantrekkelijk blijft.

Die cello? Die wordt bespeeld door Raphael Weinroth-Browne en die lieten we reeds eerder aan bod komen. Inheritance verschijnt op 9 juli.

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Seven years since their widely celebrated sophomore record Woodfall, the elusive Canadian chamber folk trio Musk Ox have returned with their highly anticipated third release Inheritance. Despite the long wait since their acclaimed 2014 record "Woodfall", the musicians within Musk Ox have remained prolific, releasing numerous albums with affiliated projects such as The Night Watch, The Visit, and Kamancello along with solo work from each member. The trio's combined stage and studio experience is on full display throughout "Inheritance", a captivating set of compositions representing new levels of growth and maturity for Musk Ox. As with "Woodfall", the original skeleton of the album was composed on guitar by Larochette before being handed to Weinroth-Browne for string compositions, re-structuring and additional guitar arrangements. The trio then spent hours workshopping, arranging and rearranging parts in the rehearsal room, leading to a more refined and collaborative album. Containing some of the group’s most ambitious as well as intimate material, "Inheritance" is a cathartic collection where wordless hymns of worry and wonder form the stirring soundtrack to an uncertain age of reckoning, reflection and resilience.

Musk Ox is: Nathanael Larochette - Classical Guitar Raphael Weinroth-Browne - Cello Evan Runge - Violin


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