Despite the heavy associations that bells can bring, Hamburg producer Hendrik Weber’s collaboration with the Norwegian percussion ensemble the Bell Laboratory lures an uncanny lightness from the three-ton carillon clanging at its core. Over 43 kaleidoscopic minutes, Weber (whose three albums as Pantha du Prince regularly mingle and mangle acoustics and electronics) expertly balances the natural burst and blur of the bells with the fine-tweaking of his trickery. “Wave” opens the suite in a flood of overlapping tones and resonances; it’s a shimmering primer of the album’s emotional vocabulary. “Photon” pulses appropriately, perhaps the closest relation to Weber’s work for the dance floor. Centerpiece “Spectral Split” blossoms from an almost academically sparse study into something sprightly, sun-flooded, and jubilant. While each movement works on its own, “Elements” is best experienced in one long pass. (Out now)MICHAEL ANDOR BRODEUR
January 15, 2013
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