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Richard Reed Parry - Music for Heart and Breath / Paste Magazine review

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Notes fall softly, plucked or stroked. Violins, cellos, brass instruments softly weezing, single piano keys gently depressed to embroider a minimalist sonic tableau. As much Jackson Pollock as Bill Evans, the hushed pointillism is beyond evocative. Puddles of piano, ribbons of strings all suggesting emotions that defy definition. If not a new kind of classical music, it certainly pushes the realm to places not previously explored.

It makes sense given the composer. Arcade Fire was always smarter and more passionate than most post-rock acts; naturally, multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry's gaze would extend beyond the limits his band has already pushed without losing their context.

Music for Heart and Breath, a haunting collection of moments with a pair of variations of the title track, captures humanity in ways literal and uncharted. Parry dreams in whole new contexts, his music emerging in an unlikely way.

Placing stethoscopes on the musicians' hearts or having them set the rhythm to their breathing, this 12-segmented work-featuring a shifting cast of instruments, players and groupings-becomes literally a reflection of the hearts and lungs of the musicians interpreting it. Each performance is subject to change based on the musicians' emotions and pulses, and what is captured spreads softly like ink on wet, porous paper. READ THE FULL Paste Magazine REVIEW.