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Helen Money - Atomic [LP]

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Helen Money, composer Alison Chesley, remains one of the most
unique and versatile cellists today, her cello playing effortlessly moving
from black metal to expansive ambient strings. She uses the cello to
access and channel extremes of human emotion, employing extensive
sonic manipulation, plucking and bowing techniques to summon an
astonishing breadth and depth of sound. On her new album Atomic,
Chesley pushes even further out towards the extremes of her output
with daring minimalist arrangements that stand as her most intimate,
direct, and emotionally bare work to date. The breadth of ideas
explored throughout give Atomic a distinctive ebb and flow; an oblique
narrative that conjures distinctive and palpable emotions without being
Atomic's title was inspired by Chesley's study of the early Roman
Humanists, including Lucretius, who proposed the idea that everything
is made up of tiny particles and thus interconnected. Written during
a period of transition for Chesley and her family she drew immense
strength from this idea of interconnectivity. The experience of recalibrating & reorienting herself in the world came to subconsciously
inform Atomic's searching tone, Chesley pushing her music to surprising new places just as she and her family moved into new
phases of their lives. Her embracing of minimalist structures reflects
her own empathetic shift, collapsing barriers between artist and listener
to find power and strength in intimacy. She mused on the implications
of interconnectivity for how we should treat each other and our
environment. She elaborates: ''I've been thinking a lot about how the earth is our home; the universe; and how fragile this world is and how
connected we all are to everything.'' In an increasingly fragmented world, Atomic presents a map for how we might navigate personal and collective trauma through the pursuit of openness, understanding and

1. Midnight
2. Understory
3. Nemesis
4. Coil
5. Coppe
6. Something Holy
7. Brave One
8. One Year One Ring
9. Marrow
10. Redshift
11. Many Arms

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