Album Review: “Suite” by Lucy Claire (bonus track from Winter Son)

“Suite” is a wonderful new EP from Lucy Claire which consists of two modern classical compositions deftly enhanced with subtle electronic elements, and a bonus track in the form of a remix of the second piece by Winter Son.   It may be a small package, but it is a jewel of a record that should not be missed, full of artfully woven textures and subtle nuances that unfold with each listen.

Lucy works in traditional classical, modern film, and electroacoustic composition and brings all those skills and sensibilities to the table to create these beautiful works, ‘No. 1.  Rituals in Dust’ and ‘No 2. Fantasia on Mildew’.

The golden threads of these tapestries are the chamber style compositions.  The piano based melodies are contemplative, if not mournful, and the strings are exquisite with the cello adding rich and satisfying gravitas and the violin summoning the deep emotions to the surface.  The fabric into which they are sewn are the layers of field recordings, processed effects, and electronic instrumentation which add depth, color, and mood throughout each piece.

A very nice touch is the addition of the third track, a reworking of ‘Fantasia on Mildew’ by electronic artist Winter Son (Thomas Ragsdale) called ‘No. 3 Mildew (Winter Son’s Awoken Ground Remix)’.   This interpretation maintains fidelity to the mood of the original piece, but inverts the approach by bringing the synthesized sounds to the foreground and wrapping it up with a dub aesthetic to propel it along.  It flows seamlessly and adds nice depth and variety to the record.

All in all, this is a lovely musical package and one that will hopefully increase the audience for Lucy’s growing body of work.   And when you can get music this good for scarcely the price of your favorite espresso, it is a no-brainer.  Highly recommended.

“Suite” is available both as a digital download and in a limited edition CD package.   See her Bandcamp page for more information.

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