Album of the Week: Sarah Davachi: Two Sisters

Music as spirit guide.

From the liner notes:

carillon on ‘Hall of Mirrors’ performed and recorded by Tiffany Ng

mezzo-soprano on ‘Alas, Departing’ performed and recorded by Jessika Kenney

contralto on ‘Alas, Departing’ performed and recorded by Dorothy Berry

violin on ‘Icon Studies I’ performed and recorded by Johnny Chang

viola on ‘Icon Studies I’ performed and recorded by Andrew McIntosh

cello on ‘Icon Studies I’ performed and recorded by Judith Hamann

quartertone bass flute and alto Renaissance recorder on ‘Icon Studies I’ performed by Rebecca Lane, recorded by Sam Dunscombe

violins on ‘Icon Studies II’ performed by Mira Benjamin and Gordon MacKay, recorded by Simon Limbrick

viola on ‘Icon Studies II’ performed by Bridget Carey, recorded by Simon Limbrick

cello on ‘Icon Studies II’ performed by Anton Lukoszevieze, recorded by Simon Limbrick

trombone on ‘En Bas Tu Vois’ performed by Mattie Barbier, recorded by Sarah Davachi

quartertone bass flute on ‘O World and the Clear Song’ performed by Rebecca Lane, recorded by Sam Dunscombe

electric organ (on ‘Hall of Mirrors), reed organ (on ‘Icon Studies I’), pipe organs (on ‘Vanity of Ages’, ‘Harmonies in Bronze’, ‘Harmonies in Green’, and ‘O World and the Clear Song’), synthesizer (on ‘Icon Studies I’), and bell plates (on ‘O World and the Clear Song’) performed and recorded by Sarah Davachi

A world of sounds, some stretching back centuries, are perfectly orchestrated by Davachi and her pitch perfect ear for the other. Lamentation-like and drone-infused, Two Sisters is a trip unlike any other. I recommend the complete journey. Rinse, repeat.