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Jessica Moss steps away from the complex arrangements of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra on Entanglement

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Best known for her work as part of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra’s string section, Montreal-based violinist Jessica Moss stands beautifully on her own with her new solo LP, Entanglement (Constellation). Shedding the complex, overwhelmingly knotty arrangements of Silver Mt. Zion, the two pieces on Entanglement show how striking and powerful Moss can be when she’s operating with as few components as possible. On the record’s first side, the 22-minute track “Particles,” Moss creates an all-encompassing, cinematic soundscape with only a processed and looped violin line and a little bit of vocal humming. The moving, dramatic swells of the song are a foil to the album’s second side, the four-part “Fractals,” which celebrates simplistic sparseness. A celebration of the beauty of minimalism, Entanglement proves that you can move listeners to a higher plane using only the bare essentials.   v

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