Dustin O’Halloran - ‘Lumiere’ released TODAY in UK / Europe

“A procession of twinkling chamber arrangements poised between pensiveness and chocolate box romanticism” **** (Mojo)

“Within the illusory minimalism of O’Halloran’s compositions lies absolute gravitas. Even the breezier tracks from Lumiere are loaded with intensity and beauty…” (The Line Of Best Fit)

“Ebbs and flows beautifully…a fantastic catalyst for the imagination” (Drowned in Sound)

“A classic of the genre and the finest of testaments to his considerable talents” (Music OHM)

“Forty three minutes of expansive, utterly flawless music”(Fluid Radio)

Recent signing to FatCat’s post-classical 130701 imprint and world-renowned composer Dustin O’Halloran releases his first album for FatCat, titled Lumiere, TODAY.

Lumiere is something of a departure from the two beautiful solo piano records that preceded it. Without comprising any of the magical wonder of either of those albums, on Lumiere O'Halloran lends his vast talents to larger ensembles and a denser texture. Arranging – around his own piano work – string parts performed by New York's acclaimed ACME ensemble (Grizzly Bear, Owen Pallet, Nico Muhly, Matmos, Max Richter, Hauschka), O'Halloran also employs subtle electronics, guitar from *Stars of the Lid*'s Adam Wiltzie and violin from prodigious young composer / arranger Peter Broderick. The end product is a collection of miniature symphonies so heartbreakingly crafted that one could be forgiven for imagining the grandest scale film pieces or a master of classical composition at work.

Lumiere is a superb addition to O'Halloran's growing catalogue and reputation. This release sits neatly alongside some great career highs already ticked off, including writing music for *Sofia Coppola*'s film Marie Antoinette (2006), William Olsen's An American Affair (2010) and Drake Doremus’ 2011 Sundance winner Like Crazy and performing at New York's *Guggenheim Museum*'s Kandinsky's retrospective for their 50th anniversary gala, and of course the two Piano Solos albums released by Bella Union in 2004 and 2006 respectively.

The album is certain to pique the ears of fans of contemporaries Nico Muhly, Peter Broderick and Goldmund, not to mention the already-present 130701 staples: Sylvain Chauveau, Max Richter, Hauschka and Jóhann Johannsson (who, incidentally, mixed Lumiere with O'Halloran).

Go to our web store for ordering options (N.B. the vinyl has unfortunately been delayed by unforeseen manufacturing errors).

3 years ago

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