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“The Ghosts of Pretty Cello Girls”

Cello and echo, from Portland's Lena Griffin

To say that Lena Griffin plays the cello on “The Ghosts of Pretty Cello Girls” is to only tell half the track’s story. This is because half the track isn’t cello. Half of “The Ghosts of Pretty Cello Girls” is the heavy, reverberant, spacious echo through which the cello is treated. It’s a slow-moving, piece, and perhaps without the echo these spaces between the notes would be distracting, but instead the track takes on a feeling along the lines of a very simple John Fahey recording, the repetition an invitation to consider the slight variations in the phrasing.

Track originally posted at soundcloud.com/moxiegriffin.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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5 Comments

  1. Bill Merrill
    [ Posted April 22, 2015, at 12:29 pm ]

    I love Lena’s music!

  2. Nick Gucker
    [ Posted April 22, 2015, at 12:58 pm ]

    Lena’s cello work is fantastic, I never want the tracks to stop, so resonant, deep and memorable.

  3. S.P. Miskowski
    [ Posted April 22, 2015, at 1:01 pm ]

    I’m a Lena Griffin fan, too. And I love this dark, strangely evocative piece. Thanks!

  4. M. Griffin
    [ Posted April 22, 2015, at 1:09 pm ]

    Thanks for featuring this, Marc!

  5. thomas broadbent
    [ Posted April 22, 2015, at 4:07 pm ]

    Beautiful , truly…

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