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Laurie Anderson: Landfall

Magazine article Gramophone

Laurie Anderson: Landfall

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Laurie Anderson

Landfall

Laurie Anderson voc/vn/kybds/samples/perc/filters

Kronos Quartet

Nonesuch (F) 7559 79338-9 (70' * DDD)

In late 2012 Hurricane Sandy struck New York City, causing widespread flooding, chaos and carnage. Landfall represents Laurie Anderson's response to the disaster and its aftermath.

Regarded as one of the most important creative artists of her generation, Anderson (and her husband, the late Lou Reed) were directly affected by the superstorm. They returned to their New York apartment after the storm had subsided only to find the contents of their basement--keyboards, projectors, props, files, papers, books--in Anderson's words, 'floating there in shiny black water, dissolving ... all the things I had carefully saved all my life becoming nothing but junk'.

Working alongside the Kronos Quartet, Anderson turned the experience into a series of arresting reflections. The mood is set in the opening track, 'CNN Predicts a Monster Storm', where a fragile rising figure on violin in bare open fifths is stated against a solitary drone on D. Stark Phrygian-intoned melodies on solo cello are heard against the ambient shudder of an empty city while stuttering strings seek cover from the howling gale. …

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