Félicia Atkinson – Hand In Hand
Serene and made of small gestures, Félicia Atkinson’s “Hand In Hand” is an intimate intermingling of poetry meets aural experimentation. Neatly combining found sound, recorded voices, field recordings, and elegant subtle guitar work the pieces are celebratory of the world’s fleeting moments. The sculpting of the sound results in lovely shimmering sunny soundscapes, ones that seemingly drift on into the infinite. By opting for such an approach the pieces feel pure, refined, and personal.
Muffled and morphed guitar work introduces the album opener, the always slightly out of focus feel of “I’M FOLLOWING YOU”. From there things move forward on the elaborate scope of “VALIS”. The way the voices are layered, one after the other, gives it a tactile sensibility. Delving deep into the otherworldly is the beyond bizarre Zen meditation of “CURIOUS IN EPIDAVROS”. A rhythm of sorts comes together on the fractured “ADAPTATION ASSEZ FACILE”. Peculiar ballet-like nimbleness defines the album highlight, the spacious sound of “A HOUSE A DANCE A POEM”. Throughout this piece the sounds flutter about, with nothing staying constant for too long. Industrial in temperament is the heavy rumbling of “VERMILLIONS” where the way the song sprawls out gives it a vaguely ominous feeling never becoming fully settled. Ending the album on a soothing note is the emotionally affecting sound of “NO FEAR BUT ANTICIPATION”. Here the vocals gain a greater level of tenderness as the song ebbs and flows like waves hitting the shore.
Félicia Atkinson paints a beautiful picture on the lovely “Hand In Hand”.