The Ridge - Single
Just earlier this year, experimental and virtuoso violinist Sarah Neufeld entranced us with Never Were The Way She Was, a compelling collab full-length with her Bell Orchestre (and occasionally Arcade Fire) compatriot, saxophonist Colin Stetson. Now, she’s currently prepping for the release of her second solo full-length album, The Ridge, due February 26. While both her duet album and 2013 full-length solo effort Hero Brother were focused on primarily violin-centric ambiences and soundscapes, this new disc promises to deliver a stronger emphasis on her vocalizations, or as a press release puts it, a step away from previous efforts “classical minimalism and sepulchral ambience, and into the world of rhythmic pop minimalism”. The disc’s title track and early single certainly conveys those intentions; her swirling arpeggiated lines are like a rising whirlwind, her vocals a comfort. Paired with the expressive drums of Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara (who contributes to the whole disc), and it’s a dynamic, complex and simultaneously approachable piece of pop experimentation. Delve deeply into this one.