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All Life Long

Kali Malone

All Life Long

Sixth album from the Stockholm-based, American composer and organist with contributions from the Macadam Ensemble and Anima Brass

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Ideologic Organ
UK Release date
09/02/2024
US Release date
09/02/2024
  1. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    NEW On an interconnected suite of pieces for pipe organ, brass ensemble, and chamber choir, the composer balances minimalist intensity with sacred music’s depth of feeling
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Her ability to dominate a room with minimal musical movement is astonishing; this record lowers the temperature, heightens the sense, slows down life, frame by frame. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   NME

    The likes of "No Sun To Burn" (for brass) or the nine0minute title track, will pull on the listener's heartstrings at least as much as it endorses the composer's process. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    US composer Kali Malone returns with an album that seeks to wrest devotional music from its religious connotations
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  5. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    The power of these long form works is the room afforded to imprint your own interpretations, feelings, and notions upon them like Rorschach tests or perceiving shapes in clouds. Will these drones imprint the same emotions and thoughts a thousand years from now? Only time will tell
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Returning to the organ-playing that made her name and adding brass and vocals, the Thom Yorke-approved composer revels in the possibilities of her instruments
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  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    US composer Kali Malone returns with an album that seeks to wrest devotional music from its religious connotations
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  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Despite a potentially daunting 78-minute runtime, All Life Long is a surprisingly easy listen: inviting, contemplative and sonically rich, the sound of complexity unpacked for all to understand
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  9. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The Stockholm-based drone artist adds choral voices to her austere organ sounds on her startling, often sorrowful sixth album
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  10. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    On another strong record from Malone, organs and brass do not obfuscate, but clarify, her intentions, and clearly, she has delivered on hers: to make music that drones, haunts, and consoles in all the best ways
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  11. 7.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    At times, Malone’s “magic eye” seems elusive. Other times, it comes gloriously into focus, shimmering like an elegant mirage
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