[streaming] Sophie Hutchings – Memory I

First track taken from the album “Wide Asleep”, available July 22nd 2016 via Preservation Records.

Compared with the likes of Max Richter, Dustin O’Halloran, Nils Frahm and other like minded composers, Hutchings has prompted much critical praise worldwide, with MOJO Magazine declaring her work as ‘stirring, vigorous, [and] grandly melodic”. Hutchings debut album was listed in that magazine’s Top 5 Independent releases and has continued to endure and impress since. Hutchings is subtly playful within the direct and emotive candour of her style, making for an open and surprising journey throughout. Balancing the beautiful fragility in her work with a deeper sense of urgency creates a striking charge to her performance with a compelling pulse that also encompasses a lightness of touch in parts making for many shades set within Hutchings’ beguiling vision.

Her compositions move from disarmingly spare and elegant beginnings to curl out with a tingling edge, propelling its austerity into urgent and epic realms. Violin, cello, heighten the flight these pieces can take as well as dip and swell within the more dimly lit moods of gentler nuance, casting a particular spell across the range of feeling captured in Sophie’s playing. Both unfussed and exquisite though constantly evolving.



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