Keyboardist Carolyn Hume gained notoriety via her five ambient-minimalist albums with drummer Paul May for U.K. based Leo Records. As this recording serves as a follow-up to her 2007 issued Solo Works outing. Here, she augments the grand schema with cellist Oliver Coates and vocalist Sonja Galsworthy for a minimalist-type setting that highlights Hume’s melodic gifts amid chamber-hued persuasions.
Hume designs a somber story and delves inward for the preponderance of this irrefutably compelling album. And on select movements, Galsworthy renders hauntingly beautiful vocalise atop the probing, thematic developments. At times ethereal, Hume’s piano voicings are largely delicate yet resonating. She’s a story-teller due to her softly woven passages and somewhat animated line of attack. The portraitures she engineers are dark, and tender but quietly penetrating.
Coates launches the piece titled "This Dark Kernel," with sorrowful lines, followed by Hume’s melancholic and ever-so-gentle chord progressions as she maps out a course that might intimate a personal loss of some sort. Hence, her music is subtly powerful and quite vivid. Few artists can actually and perhaps effectively communicate such a deeply personal succession of storylines. With this 2008 endeavor, Hume invites the willing listener into her harmonically resplendent world that conveys notions of spiritual reckoning or perhaps appreciating the fundamentals of life.