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Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
A deeply enchanting collection of songs, Laurel MacDonald's Chroma is mystical drone-tone experimentation that is at once lullaby, meditation, and ambient stimuli. MacDonald possesses a stunning, earthy voice that reaches ... more »
A deeply enchanting collection of songs, Laurel MacDonald's Chroma is mystical drone-tone experimentation that is at once lullaby, meditation, and ambient stimuli. MacDonald possesses a stunning, earthy voice that reaches from guttural moan to fluttery whisper to beautifully pitched half-tones, wondrously clear midvocal meanderings, and high-register gradations. Putting one in mind of Lisa Gerrard, Sheila Chandra, and even Kate Bush or Laurie Anderson, MacDonald delves into dense texture and the full spectrum of vocal colors illuminated and muted by light to dark exploration of sound. Well matched to her vocal abilities is the understated electro-acoustic accompaniment, including tremolo, slide, electronic-bow, pedal, and other guitars and a stable of drums and percussive instruments. Compositions are inspired and built on traditional Anglo lyrics ("A Wing and a Prayer"), the Egyptian scale ("Agnus Dei"), Scottish-Gaelic heritage ("Oran Na H-Eala"), as well as the stark barrenness of MacDonald's native far-north sensibility ("Northsong"). Chroma is a striking achievement, as much for its lack of affected fancy-pants artiness as for its warmly controlled technical prowess. --Paige La Grone
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A palette of beautiful music...
Shawna | Ottawa | 01/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Chroma". A word that brings to mind an artist's palette of beautiful colours. In this case, Laurel MacDonald's album "Chroma" is a veritable palette of beautiful music. From the opening track "A Wing and a Prayer", it is obvious MacDonald likes to experiment with traditional verse and folk songs. "Agnus Dei", traditionally from the Catholic mass, stands out in particular. The ancient latin text is set to a hypnotic beat and haunting melody. Laurel MacDonald's voice is the main focus, with her incredible range and flexibility. Her voice is pure and is layered thickly throughout chants and songs. She was not afraid to take risks with this album. From the gorgeous, "unconventional" harmonies, to the introduction of new instrument inventions. For those who need a description of this uncatagorizable music, the closest would be a mix between Dead Can Dance, Jane Siberry, and Mary Jane Lamond. But it is really something to be heard for yourself. This album is essentially a innovative piece of work which mixes ancient and modern styles together to create a piece of musical ecstasy."
A sparkling new voice.
nara-yan | Canada | 08/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"MacDonald does remind one of others. Yet her instrument is unique. She seems to be familir with 20th century composers: Schoenberg, Varese, Part, Boulez. Medieval influences increase the complex mix of ingredients in her style and material."