Author Topic: Billboard feature review - Northern Valenentine "The Distance Brings Us Closer"  (Read 4550 times)

Ben F-S

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http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=1047378&aid=1201649#review

Following a series of CD-R releases beginning in 2006, the husband and wife team of Robert and Amy Brown put out their first formal album release via Silber Records in late 2008, The Distance Brings Us Closer, also featuring guest performer Ben Fleury-Steiner. Northern Valentine's music comes from a now very familiar space -- open-ended electronic and guitar textures pitched halfway between contemplative ambience and understated melodies, and to say that The Distance Brings Us Closer would appeal to fans of nearly anything on Kranky Records, for instance, would be an understatement. But if Northern Valentine works in known ground at this point, they still do so with an atmospheric power and grace. Perhaps their strongest knack is for how well they gently disguise the core hooks without letting them get lost completely -- the cyclical rise and fall of the main melody in "Born Yesterday," shimmers through layers of echo and background texture, might be the most breathtaking moment on the album. Other moments like the sudden appearance of a clear piano part on "Dimanche" cutting through the meditative flow of the song further demonstrate the group's abilities. If Northern Valentine are still working towards finding their best sound, they have strong bases to build on.

~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

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cooler than cool, ben.
all the best and God bless
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thanks, Jim!  It feels nice to be back here - so much going on the last many months - the NV collab has been really amazing as it was done entirely live after months of recording together...and we've done several live shows in support of the disc which have been great...But am pretty exhausted and enjoying the extended break playing w/ my daughter and catching up w/ old friends such as yourself ;) Happy new year, old buddy! Ben