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Catherine Graindorge & Hugo Race: it's all rather low...in tone and resonance - The Audiophile Man
Title: Long Distance Operators Label: Sub Rosa Australian-born Race, musician, and Belgian-born violinist Graindorge have teamed up for this new album that was released on 6 February 2017. Race might be familiar to those who know groups such as world music outlaws, Dirtmusic, True Spirit and Fatalists but many more will associate him with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds plus post punk outfit, The Wreckery. Graindorge has worked with Belgian outfits Monsoon and Nox plus the likes of John Parish and Andrea Schroeder. Long Distance Operators (LDO) is all about tension and atmosphere, playing with space, stretching the guitar notes, waiting for them to die, using space and silence, wordless voices, dark beats and lots and lots of reverb. More than that, it’s about Race adopting his, “Let me tell you a spooky story while we toast marshmallows in this forest.” type of voice. Low, resonant, bass-ridden, considered and thoughtful, Race often dwells upon his lyric sounding like a a left-field version of Chris Rea. In fact, the more you listen to this CD, the more that Chris Rea’s style and performance approach takes over. Hence, Race sits, like a centrally positioned totem in this LP, allowing Graindorge’s violin …