Christine Ott – Tabu
Delicate in nature Christine Ott’s “Tabu” delves in a hushed intimacy. Ornate in its painterly textures “Tabu” shows off Christine Ott’s deft skill. The way the songs interrelate to each other creates something deeply beautiful and affecting. By opting for such whispered tones everything is covered in a shadowy mysterious aura. Melodies drift and out of focus as the landscape is constantly changing. Keeping things in a state of flux results in captivating worlds that emerge out of the very smallest of gestures.
Things begin with caressing work of the found sound ambient opener “First Chapter – Paradise”. Within this work is the delicate spirit that informs much of what precedes it: passionate precise piano alongside a love for the surroundings. Similar in its approach is the emotionally charged “Consolation”. Glistening scales come together on “Course Vers La Mer”. A Sci-Fi flourish emerges out of the cinematic eeriness of “Hitu, La Grande Montagne”. Careful plucks flow out of the spirited “Sorrow/Lover’s dance”. Strings and organs soar into oblivion on the affecting “The Warning”. On “Cursed Lagoon” Christine Ott goes for a sense of unease as she builds a tremendous amount of tension. Experimental in tone is the playful “Comptoir Chinois”. Merging electronics and classical to astounding results is the spirited “Rêve & Perle Noire”. Bringing the album to a satisfying close is the ambitious sprawl of “Tempête / The Tabu”.
Without peer, Christine Ott’s “Tabu” explores the subdued and the sublime.