Vanessa van Basten - _La Stanza di Swedenborg_
(Eibon Records, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (9 out of 10)
What would you expect from an act named Vanessa van Basten? A female solo act would seem the most logical answer, yet this is actually a male duo! Vanessa van Basten is named after the wife of Dutch footballer Marco van Basten, and your guess is as good as mine as to why this was considered an appropriate name for a band.

Their music is as baffling as their name; post-rock seems the most appropriate description, yet the very idea of categorizing this experimental act seems unnecessarily stifling. Barring a few spoken sections, this is an entirely instrumental album; yet don't be mistaken into thinking that this makes it any less interesting.

_La Stanza di Swedenborg_ is an extremely varied beast, ranging from acoustic sections, through to blasting sections and ambient soundscapes; but amazingly, it never loses coherency -- a fantastic achievement in itself -- or its definitive darkened melancholy.

An interesting and infinitely rewarding release that promises something new on each listen. Recommended for the open-minded.


(article published 20/4/2007)

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