Architecture of Loss

2012


"Brilliantly harrowing." The Wire "A dark and writhing battle between two opposing structures: atmospheric cello drones make up a stormy, domed sky, against which it seems a frustrated, forlorn being throws firecrackers in the hope of making his dent on the world. One catches a cirrus streak, and the whole thing goes off." Pitchfork "Architecture of Loss pits gravely emotive chamber music against furtive electronic frequencies." Pitchfork "The music [...] can sound chill and eerie: there’s singing, echoing, rasping, crackling. At times, the piano emits single, spaced-out notes that sound like water dripping resoundingly on ice in a momentary thaw." Arts Journal "Hypnotic" New York Press "A staggeringly beautiful collection of heavyweight, noise-inflected classicist compositions....Fascinating and adventurous, we have a welcome foil to the overtly pretty side of modern classical music and a superb body of work in its own right." Squaler "Sigurðsson appears to bridge the gap between the primarily electronic textures and ambience of his debut and the sweeping orchestral feel of his second album to create a vastly different set up, which intrigues and fascinates in equal measures." The Milk Factory "The execution of production is second to none and bears all the hallmarks of [Valgeir’s] visceral, expansive sound design across its 10 diverse and striking parts." Boomkat "A mind-numbingly beautiful take on your neoclassical thing utilising piano, wonderfully evocative viola/violin and plenty of...space." Norman Records "Architecture Of Loss is moving, beautiful and thought-provoking. It commands your attention, admiration and respect, transcending the noises in the speakers, becoming something that symbolises loss and grief through the medium of music." Bearded Magazine "Alone, from the almost silent opening to the warm, brief, trombone chords of the coda, Architecture of Loss is a leap forwards in sound and form for Valgeir Sigurðsson, a massively confident statement, icily beautiful. Recommended!" Fluid Radio


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