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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Natura Morta - Decay (FMR, 2014) ****

By Stef

After their self-titled debut, this is Natura Morta's second CD, again with the same trio of Frantz Loriot on viola, Sean Ali on double bass and Carlo Costa on percussion. In a way, they perfect their approach: stretched sounds on the strings are supported by sparse percussive interaction.

You can only say this: it is intense, very intense, hypnotic even at moments and utterly strange, beautiful, horrifying and compelling. The trio's great quality is the incredible amount of restraint demonstrated to conjure up a vast atmosphere of desolation. It is fascinating to hear completely improvised pieces that are so coherent.

Listen and download from Bandcamp.