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Elisa Luu’s Enchanting Gaze

Mosaics made of fractures

The six tracks of Elisa Luu’s Enchanting Gaze are mosaics made of fractures. Each piece is more than cohesive enough to stand as a composition, like the string-inflected “Sabadilla,” with which the collection opens, or the pluck’n’drone of closing track “Bro…” — but within each piece the source segments stand sturdily alone, so much so that the compositions themselves threaten to fall apart, to fall into parts. This isn’t a criticism. Quite the contrary, it’s the very solidity of the source material from which Enchanting Gaze is constructed that gives it strength. Luu refers to the work as “post-ambient.” Others might cite minimalism, whose rigor the work reflects, event if it favors tonal phrasings and occasional rhythmic whimsy, as on the creakily industrial “B.P.M.,” over overt patterning. This is a phenomenal set.

Album originally posted mid-November 2014 at elisaluu.bandcamp.com. More from Luu, who is based in Rome, Italy, at soundcloud.com/elisa-luu, elisaluu.bandcamp.com, and hiddenshoal.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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