Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

Also out There

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MUSIC Finally, after decades sharing the same firmament, Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet have collaborated. Landfall (Nonesuch) is, on the surface, a musicspoken word piece about Hurricane Sandy, which in 2012 caused much devastation in the Caribbean and east-coast US. As ever with Anderson, things are never quite that simple: this beautiful recording is a meditation on both loss and the human propensity for harm. 'You know the reason I really love the stars?' Anderson asks. 'It's because we cannot hurt them.' Lio Canta Caymmi (Crammed Discs) revisits songs by the Brazilian singer-songwriter Dorival Caymmi through the agency of Portuguese-Belgian singer, Lio.

The result captures the quiet grace of the original numbers, all the while renewing them with a subtle and airy presence. Ninebarrow are Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere, who root their third album, The Waters and the Wild (Winding Track), in the landscape of southwest England. But, far from parochial, the dignified title song makes links between the folklore of vengeful fairies and the death of Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi. The song flames with a tight fury.

FILM In Blandine Lenoir's I Got Life an about-to-be-agrandmother discovers she has got it. Sussed, sympathetic and spirited - she's wonderful! Uplifting too, is Petra Volpe's The Divine Order, where a group of women in a quiet Swiss village spark a campaign for the right to vote (in 1971!). The strippedback, stylish story-telling of Lynne Ramsay's violent New York thriller You Were Never Really Here is always gripping and the musical score, by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, hits the gut. …

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