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Oratorio For The Underworld

by PYUR

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Peter Hollo
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Peter Hollo Oh my goodness, this is so well done. Boisterous beats with heavy bass that lets the music sit comfortably in the deconstructed club context, but the strings and keyboards (and even vocals) often reference classical composition in various ways - not just as sample sources but as a kind of genre slippage. Will reward many listens. Favorite track: Rose Born.
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about

Munich’s PYUR (Sophie Schnell) makes her Subtext
debut with “Oratorio for the Underworld”, a nimble
odyssey through vivid, otherworldly dreams.
Growing up immersed in her family’s work as
shamans, Schnell draws on the techniques and
stories of her upbringing, through which ephemeral
forms, stories and colours seep into her sound—a
synthesis of hyperreal sound design, dramaturgy and
classical composition.

PYUR’s fascination with the space between life and
death is expressed through the weaving together of
the organic and sublime in a dramatic exercise in
expansive sonic worldbuilding.

The LP is a form of storytelling in which Schnell
reimagines and takes on the roll of psychopomp,
ushering the listener into a borderless realm. She
relays rich legends while warm, airy timbres (courtesy
of cellist Teresa Alvarez and violinist Juan Zalba
Fuentes) serve as guides throughout.

Working largely in isolation over a period of two
years, Oratorio for the Underworld is a document
of “inward archaeology,” and marks an intimate
yet grandiose journey through the psyche,
exploring the ecstatic emotional boundaries
between life and death, and body and spirit. Over
the two year period, Schnell constantly found
herself inventing new and unconventional
compositional techniques with which to keep her
writing dynamic—a process key in countering her
own obsession with the mythos of Oratorio.

The Bandcamp version of this album contains seven tracks not available elsewhere.

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released October 10, 2019

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