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Max Richter's Sleep gets 'exclaim' - Top 10 Improv/Avant-Garde Albums for 2015

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Post-minimalist composer Max Richter's latest work, Sleep, is an eight-hour song cycle created - with the help of input from sleep therapists and scientists - to mimic and aid sleep patterns; you're to fall asleep somewhere among the 25 minutes of opener "Return 16 (time capsule)" and awaken near the end of "Dream 17 (Alpha)." It's a gorgeous listen, all sparse piano, voice, strings and drones; for those who want to enjoy it awake, there's From Sleep, a 50-minute, condensed version of similar thematic compositions.

Max Richter - Sleep / exclaim.ca: Top 10 Improv & Avant-Garde Albums, Best of 2015