Little Bundles of Joy
By Bipolar Bows
Lotte Remmen and Toby Kuhn form a top-notch Belgian-French duo. These two have found each other like protons and neutrons, clinging to each other with rare elasticity, the complicity of their dialog expressing immensely complex things with cool simplicity.
These "Little Bundles Of Joy" are more than what they seem, like strings ready to receive for a while fabrics of cashmere or silk whose colors change in the wind. There are as many stories and choreographies as there are strings, as many bows as there are ebbs and flows of energy. Bipolar Bows takes advantage of everything that can be done with a violin and a cello and beyond, from Jazz, Blues, Folk and Pop to reinvented traditional music; their sound, their touch, the large technical palette and the production esthetic make this album a poster child for a prime modern acoustic repertoire. The listener is invited to a world that is inventive, personal, and limitless. Sometimes, the absence of harmonic instruments opens wide windows to the infinite field of vision they propose. They tell tales that range from the dance of small abyssal plankton to a stroll on a continental Balkan plain or a hike among the rocks of the Appalachians. Both can also funk anything, showing groove and timing to make experienced musicians dizzy.
Their sound is masterful, using resonances and reverberation well. They juxtapose proximity and intimacy with distant sirens' voices, the soft and close sound of wood with expansive skies in which one distinctly hears harmonics expressing the unknowable. A subtly emphasized focus on the creamy midrange makes the listening experience viral. There's no denying it, you'll have to listen to it again and again and again.
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