Nest "Retold" CD
Nest is a collaborative project featuring Serein label owner Huw Roberts, based in UK, and Otto A. Totland, one half of the highly treasured Norwegian project Deaf Center. Part of this album, exactly first 6 tracks, were firstly released back in 2007 as "Nest" CDr EP, limited to 50 copies only, but as download it was the most successful release for Serein, at that time focusing on free download releases. So Huw and Otto have later decided to write more tracks to make re-issue as full length album. The rest of the material was written in 2009 and "Retold" was released at the beginning of 2010 as the first pressed CD in label's discography.
Firstly, I have explored Nest's music only through preview tracks and I was immediately hooked by this highly emotional and captivating excursion into the world of modern classical arrangements masterfully crossed with ambient soundscapes. This attractive blend of acoustics and electronics is loaded with melancholy and strong cinematic feel with lots of diversity in the compositions. "Retold" weaves from warmly euphoric piece like "Kyoto", through emotionally driven "Lodge" and "The Twelve", to cinematic score music on "Marefjellet" and "Far From Land", from more tense moods on "Charlotte" and "Cad Goddeu" (revised version from "Nest" EP) to experimental texture "Trans Siberian" and from minimal expressive piano tune "Wheatstone" to drone ambient journeying on "The Helwick" and "Amroth". Even if wonderfully colorful and written during the longer span of time, the overall flow is amazingly compact, gracious and shining. This is deeply touching music to lighten your day, "Kyoto" is the best example here with truly sophisticated and pristine interplay of harp, piano and field recordings, most likely my fave composition from many standouts on "Retold". Or is it beautifully orchestrated "Marefjellet"? Or graceful "Far From Land"? Evocative "The Twelve"? Drifting "The Helwick"? Or collaging "Trans Siberian" with that tricky train-like sound?
I won't hesitate to put this album on the same breathtaking level as "Pale Ravine" by Deaf Center. Another bonus, very decent 6-panel digipak packaging nicely reflects the music of Nest. A true masterwork, Huw & Otto!!!
Richard Gürtler (Aug 21, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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