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REVIEW REBLOG – Volutes – The Quiet Hours

Really recommend this release and so glad I can reblog this review courtesy of Stationary Travels.

Stationary Travels

Volutes is an electronic music project created by Chicago-based Christina Dennaoui which is described as a “mélange of Middle Eastern drones and rhythms, minimal techno, jazz and field recordings”. All of these elements are in ample evidence on her debut EP (Elegant Grey) with a strong emphasis on the rhythmic component.  The Quiet Hours, however, is much more introspective and subdued by comparison, which is entirely appropriate for the deeply personal territory it endeavors to explore.

“The album is the culmination of nearly two years of grief, mourning and writing. It is an album about grieving and the transformative nature of grief. But at its simplest, it’s a eulogy for my mother.” – Christina Dennaoui (aka Volutes)

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It’s American Poetry Month and this week the subject is the Sea

Give praise with the skirling of seagulls
And the rattle and flap of sails
And gongs of buoys rocked by the sea-swell
Out in the shipping-lanes beyond the harbor.
Give praise with the humpback whales,
Huge in the ocean they sing to one another.

 From ‘A list of Praises’  – Anne Porter (2006)

Why do I see these empty boats, sailing on airy seas?
One haunted me the whole night long, swaying with every breeze,
Returning always near the eaves, or by the skylight glass:
There it will wait me many weeks, and then, at last, will pass.
Each soul is haunted by a ship in which that soul might ride
And climb the glorious mysteries of Heaven’s silent tide
In voyages that change the very metes and bounds of Fate —
O empty boats, we all refuse, that by our windows wait!

Vachel Lindsay (1879 – 1931)

The sea-wash never ends.
The sea-wash repeats, repeats.
Only old songs? Is that all the sea knows?
             Only the old strong songs?
             Is that all?
The sea-wash repeats, repeats.

American Poets Society


To fit in with the ACL article below :  )