October 16, 2019
Kelly Moran
Kings Place
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"...a pedigreed pianist whose new album, Ultraviolet, loosely straddles contemporary classical, experimental, and ambient music. On Ultraviolet (Warp Records) Moran plays prepared piano—a technique that involves placing objects like screws or bolts between the strings of the piano, so that the notes take on a percussive edge. To make the record, Moran edited down the hours worth of improvisations she churned out on the day of her breakthrough, then built them out with layers of synth. The resulting passages sound familiar but foreign—the well-known timbre of the piano made strange by its preparation; bright, earthy melodies partially obfuscated by dense, electronic fog."