Release Date: Feb 25, 2014
Record label: Kranky
Sometimes, words are not enough. Listening to Christina Vantzou’s latest album is a quite breathtaking experience, but to explain quite why is virtually impossible. These pieces encourage immersion and introspection. What you bring to this album will almost certainly colour what you get out of it ….
It’s hard to think of Christina Vantzou’s music without simultaneously drawing reference to the work of Adam Wiltzie, her collaborative partner in The Dead Texan project and half of both Stars of the Lid and A Winged Victory for the Sullen. Which is obviously rather unfair but, on her debut solo album No. 1, also completely unavoidable. No.
Brussels-based composer Christina Vantzou has made a name for herself by being unassuming. In collaboration with Stars of the Lid’s Adam Wiltzie, she made up half of the Dead Texan, whose 2004 collection of noisy vignettes supposedly stemmed from aborted SotL pieces. These sketches were too aggressive to fit in with Wiltzie’s main project and Vantzou, who was then best known as a maker of bleary short films, stepped in.