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Review

BK, Exclaim!, March 1, 2011

With Alexis O’Hara I’ve found myself in a completely unfamiliar territory. Taking the easy way out by comfortably fitting what I hear on Ellipsis into a common genre, is not an option. There’s a focus on the voice here. It’s exploited in a multitude of ways. Used for beats, clicks, breathing-sounds etc. It’s always very high in the mix. Mouths are used to create additional sounds and chests are drummed on, literally, for rhythm and accentuation.

Ellipsis is a sensual affair. Even if a song is not danceable at all, but rather creating a certain mood specifically, it is still sensual, even mysterious. The album alternates between those type of songs and weirdly danceable ones. It is hypnotic and a little bit unnerving. It’s expressive and feels improvisational at times. Lyrics are sung in English, Spanish, French and probably some other languages. Such a strange yet interesting album.

There’s a focus on the voice here. It’s exploited in a multitude of ways. Used for beats, clicks, breathing-sounds etc.

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