“Shadows surrounding, this lucid veil will not conceal.”
‘Taking the Veil’ is the debut solo album on Kitchen. Label by Berlin-based musician Hior Chronik, and the follow-up to his previous work on the label as the duo Pill-Oh in ‘Vanishing Mirror’. The established foundation is intact on ‘Taking the Veil’: bitterly romantic strings and gentle electronics whisper over plaintive piano scores. Hior Chronik has a penchant of producing subtly immense and cinematic compositions which are remarkably chilling in its beauty.
This latest release follows Hior Chronik’s distinctive compositional path with the pairing of a collaborator on each track. This time the instrumental colours are most intimate, honed to evocative perfection with each collaboration bringing its own nuances to a permeable set of motives. Through contemplative moments, what gives the pieces life is the varied scoring which goes from solo piano to string orchestra, opening up a space that shimmers with stirring melancholy. This album features classically aligned contemporaries such as Field Rotation, Sophie Hutchings, Luup and Japanese composers Yasushi Yoshida and others.