Mikkel Ploug: Cathedral
Mikkel Ploug (electric and acoustic guitars)
Equilibrium (Songlines SGL-SA1578-2)
Composed by Mikkel Ploug.
Recorded: Bach Recording, Copenhagen, August 30-31, 2007
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
In a large chamber, a single voice sings a series of three and four-note arpeggios. Their crystalline beauty is soon joined by an electric guitar. It follows the voice around, extending the ideas already presented. Then a bass clarinet comes in, at first to follow the guitar's logic, but then to restate the original series of lines. As the guitar and voice bring chimey accents to the three-way unison figure, you can get a feeling of elevation, maybe even levitation. It's that stunning. It's also my favorite record of the year so far.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski