FORPE Presents: The Silent Ballet’s Top 100 Albums of 2014 (20-11) by The Silent Ballet on Mixcloud
20) William Ryan Fritch | Leave Me Like You Found Me
Lost Tribe Sound
19) Beware of Safety | Lotusville
18) Jakob | Sines
17) Poppy Ackroyd | Feathers
16) Bohren & der Club of Gore | Piano Nights
15) Tomorrow We Sail | For Those Who Caught the Sun in Flight
14) Christina Vantzou | No.2
13) Christopher Tignor | Thunder Lay Down in the Heart
12) A Winged Victory for the Sullen | Atomos
11) Lawrence English | Wilderness of Mirrors
Check out this gorgeous video of Loscil’s remix of Christina Vantzou’s “VHS”, directed by Vantzou herself.
For more videos from Vantzou, here Vimeo page is quite a goldmine.
This track as well as other No. 2 remixes are available for a name your price download over at bandcamp.
Check out the new self-directed video from Christina Vantzou for her No.2 standout track “Going Backwards to Recover What Was Left Behind”.
It’s safe to say that Christina Vantzou’s remarkable debut, No. 1, is criminally underrated, but her follow-up effort, appropriately titled No. 2, will not go unnoticed.
Vantzou is a good fit on Kranky, who has been serving up some of the best ambient-related music in the US over the past two decades. As one half of Dead Texan (RIP), Vantzou operates in a similar sphere as many on the label’s roster: contemplative ambient music with hints of classical and/or experimental music. No. 1, in particular, was likely overshadowed by Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Wiltzie’s blockbuster debut as A Winged Victory for the Sullen, which also fashioned a sound not unlike that found on No.1 and predated it by two months (interestingly enough, AWVFTS also has a new album out this year). No. 2 was constructed over the course of four years and sees Vantzou once again collaborating with Magik Magik Orchestra’s Minna Choi. Those enamored by the debut should fall comfortably back in love with Vantzou’s sound on No. 2, which exists in close proximity to that which was pioneered three years ago. The real draw of Vantzou’s sound remains the connection she makes with the audience and the ability to give it a personal tone, rather than constructing heady ambient music or clinical-sound classical music. Vantzou tightly weaves video into her live performance, so it’s not a stretch to imagine that she’s greatly invested in the multitude of ways in which music can transform a listener’s perception.
By the album’s close, two things become apparent. The first is that No. 2 will likely be on a lot of shortlists for best ambient album (or album at large) of the year, and the second is that Vantzou is rightfully due up for a larger amount of the spotlight than she currently takes.
website | Kranky
Check out the first “single” from No.2 below. (Non-editor’s note: it’s goooood.)