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Xu Fengxia / Lucas Niggli: Black Lotos

Read "Black Lotos" reviewed by Nic Jones


This duo of multi-instrumentalist Xu Fengxia and percussionist Lucas Niggli sometimes produces quietly compelling music with drums and Chinese plucked instruments, but the opportunities for it to really take hold are significantly undermined by Fengxia's vocal interjections. Such is the effect of these that the impact of the duo's subtle interplay is too often lost.

The opening “Bell Smell" is a case in point. An unworldly air prevails that is intriguing, hinting at all sorts of possibilities. The music's accommodation ...


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