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Marielle Jakobsons

Nicolas Zurcher

Jake Acosta, Marielle Jakobsons, Chuck Johnson, Guru Bye 

When: Thu., Sept. 1, 9 p.m. 2016
On her new solo album Star Core (Thrill Jockey) Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Marielle V Jakobsons (Date Palms, Myrmyr) veers deeper than ever into sonic hypnosis, gorgeously layering ethereal long tones produced by violin, flute, synthesizer, and, for the first time, her voice. On the title track her violin conjures Indian sonorities as elegantly slaloming patterns glide over a looping bass figure and delicate electronic arpeggios before opening up into a gauzy soundburst of wordless cooing. Later on “Undone” the whistlelike tone riding across the drone resembles nothing so much as Tuvan throat singing, but when Jakobson’s voice floats in to shape a lovely, frosty melody, the complexion of the piece changes. All six tracks are marked by an entrancing liquidity, with endless transformations that feel as natural as the slow-motion billowing of a cumulus cloud.
— Peter Margasak



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