No.3 – Christina Vantzou

Artist, musician and composer Christina Vantzou continues her string of her sequential solo-albums with the release of ‘No.3’. Joined this time by a 15-piece orchestra, the new album continues Vantzou’s wonderfully haunting style of ambient and classical music, drawing out sections for long periods of times and at others reducing it all down, forever tinkering with everything to a very specific mathematical framework. ‘No.3’ comes across as one of Vantzou’s more darker and harrowing album experiences, and also one of her most ambitious thus far, clearly showing a great progression forward in her own talents as a composer and musician.

On ‘No.3’, Vantzou seems to push forward a more visionary album experience, one where drones build up subtly and calmly in order to create new environments and settings. The work on ‘No.3’ feels very methodical, with careful attention going into each detail in all of the tracks, which combined with the wonderful range of styles and approaches to music, equates an incredibly strong album experience that expressed Vantzou arguably at her best. It all results in an album experience that is rather experimental from time to time, yet still contains its own element of accessibility, through its harrowing and beautiful concepts expressed through song.

‘No.3’ is certainly another accomplished album experience from Vantzou, and one that cements her position as an extraordinary musician and composer working today. At times, certain elements on ‘No.3’ do feel a little difficult to get through, with it coming across as the most inaccessible work from Vantzou thus far. Those unfamiliar with the style of music from this artist may find the territory being explored here a little to avant-garde at times, perhaps even those as well who are familiar with Vantzou’s previous releases. Though a little bit more experimental, ‘No.3’ shows Vantzou as an evolving artist, one who is exploring new ideas and concepts with every release.

Christina Vantzou seems to be elevating herself up with each release she pushes out. Her latest release ‘No.3’ shows a strong level of ingenuity, creativity and passion for what is being created in the first place. Everything feels so delicately crafted, all pushing forward the vision Vantzou is expressing in the third chapter of her own solo albums. Though tied together in name to her previous works, ‘No.3’ offers up something of its own, making it a strong record in her ever growing repertoire. Certainly her previous works made Vantzou an artist to keep an eye on, building up anticipation over what comes next. ‘No.3’ cements this belief even further, for all the right reasons.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★★☆ 4/5

Selected Songs:

  • Valley Drone
  • Entanglements
  • Stereoscope (Feat. Loscil)
  • The Future

Christina Vantzou’s latest album ‘No.’3 is out now, available from Kranky.

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