Charlotte Hug: Slipway to Galaxies (2011)
In track after track, Hug explores the purity of sound. In vocalizing her music, she becomes, at various times, a banshee, and more often than notand in her devastatingly beautiful Celtic incarnationa "bean caoineadh," that crying woman keening her way to a veritable celebration of life over death. This is the mystical beauty of "Holy Ground," where Hug eulogizes the dance of life over death. In the ecstasy of "Exhilaration," the incredible lightness of ascent from limbo into an azure state is almost palpable. The uncanny similarities between ancient Irish beliefs and ancient Indian ones is explored in "Atman," a chart in which Hug follows the sound of the soul as it soars free of corporeality.
Hug has been known to also play at the edge of various dimensions of sound. She has performed under the enormous Rhône glacier, in a bombed out bunker, beneath the sea and in other places where unique new aspects to sound have been bounced off her viola. These have been captured in her "Son-Icons," which are more than merely painterly aspects of sound. In fact, she likens them more to sonic seismographs than paintings. On this album, Hug also explores the relationship of her viola and vocal art in relation to these "Son-Icons," as she puts her whole corporal self against her instrument and the resulting concerti ensue. The sonic battles of "Anderwelten," "Buzz & Fly" and "Intersect" set the ears aflame as legions of imaginary dancers sway and swerve to Hug's heady music.
But it is the spectacular music of "Cyclic" where, once again, the primordial cries of life may be heard in Hug's brave adventure and, more especially, in "Slipway to Galaxies," where limbo and the nether world collide with the sound of life everlasting, in which Charlotte Hug reigns supreme. It is here that her world of music awakens the spirits dancing in the flesh.
Track Listing: Anderwelten; Buzz & Fly; Intersect; Holy Ground; Exhilaration; Atman; Cyclic; Slipway to Galaxies.
Personnel: Charlotte Hug: viola, voice.
Record Label: Emanem