Radiating out from his core instrument – a cello – Raven (Peter Hollo) journeys to meridian points wide and deep in this epic 60-minute album. In addition to his long-running “postfolkrocktronica” program on Sydney’s FBi Radio, Hollo is a fixture in Sydney’s neo-classical and jazz scenes guesting with Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance) and pianist Sophie Hutchings. He plays in experimental jazz band Tangents and string quartet FourPlay.
Solo, he adds piano, laptop and a loop pedal to the perambulations of his trusty cell, and the variety of these compositions is pretty incredible, as though a whole cast were involved. It’s seamless, too, best evidenced when fluttering breaks only briefly rupture the tranquil surface of Begin.
Parallels are lazy but in this case, it’s illustrious company. There is The Necks on the portentous plucks of Lockstep; The Dirty Three with a dash of Arthur Russell in the rocky, amplified strings of Copra.