Conquering Animal Sound is made up of just two people, Anneke and James who, according to their Tumblr, “make music in their flat every day.” And that’s exactly what Kammerspiel sounds like: small, delicate, hand-crafted songs that move like the tiny ballerinas atop miniature music boxes. The music is spare — tiny, tinkling bells, quiet xylophones, a few whispery clicks and snaps — and Anneke’s childlike voice seems simultaneously full of wonder and caution. “Flinch” is built from plinking plastic pianos and odd snatches of percussion, “Tracer” is shivery and quiet, a low bass hum and sporadic synths that blink like distant airplanes. This is warm, deliberate music, as gentle as a lullaby, as soft as falling snow.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.26.11 in Lists
It was a year full of surprising breakouts and breathtaking discoveries, with reliable favorites from familiar faces and strong entries from new voices. These are our Top 100 Records of 2011.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 07.29.11 in Lists
Every year, a mountain of records is unleashed on an unsuspecting public. And while many move to "Instant Favorite" status, it's inevitable that even more will fall through the cracks. With five months left in 2011, now...
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