Today we’re listening to Kali Malone, a Colorado-born composer based in Stockholm. We first recommended her in 2019. Her new record, Does Spring Hide Its Joy, came out last Friday, and features Stephen O'Malley on guitar and Lucy Railton on cello. The album was recorded between March and May 2020, and we can’t beat Malone’s contextualization:
Like most of the world, my perception of time went through a significant transformation during the pandemic confinements of spring 2020. Unmarked by the familiar milestones of life, the days and months dripped by, instinctively blending with no end in sight. Time stood still until subtle shifts in the environment suggested there had been a passing. Memories blurred non-sequentially, the fabric of reality deteriorated, unforeseen kinships formed and disappeared, and all the while, the seasons changed and moved on without the ones we lost. Playing this music for hours on end was a profound way to digest the countless life transitions and hold time together.
Does Spring Hide Its Joy - Kali Malone (300m, no vocals)
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Have a really nice Wednesday.
Strange territory; I am not sure if "like" expresses my feelings about this piece. It shifts from restful to unsettling from moment to moment. Too textured for background, yet without melody or beats. It engages, but "liking" isn't exactly the word that comes to mind.