Parkins, Zeena / Necklace
Album: Necklace   Collection:General
Artist:Parkins, Zeena   Added:Nov 2006
Label:Tzadik Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-11-26 Pull Date: 2007-01-28 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Jan 21 Jan 14 Jan 7 Dec 31 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 3
Airplays: 1 2 1 3 2 1 5

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 23, 2007: Memory Select
4. Jan 12, 2007: Memory Select
2. Sep 19, 2007: Day of Difficulty
16 Feet + Cello
5. Jan 10, 2007: Baptism of Solitude
3. Jan 19, 2007: The Lunchbox
Solo For Neil
6. Jan 03, 2007: Baptism of Solitude

Album Review
Reviewed 2006-11-26
Edgy contemp. classical for string quartet, processing, harp, and dancers’ feet – from diverse composer/harpist Zeena Parkins. Awesome!! Ranges from frightening to ethereal to a chittering electronic forest. The first piece is a spectacular string quartet, and the second piece is freaky and cool. Try track 3 for strictly harp. FCC clean.

*1. Dissonant string quartet – mid-tempo, floating disjunct rhythm.
*2. Mic’ed dancers’ feet and plucked, scratched, pounded-on strings. Squirrely and out there.
3. Solo harp. Slow – rich beautiful broken chords, strumming, and guitar-like fingering. Ethereal and disjunct at the same time.
4. Percussive strings start. Funky overlapping melodies join briefly. Drones, dissonance, and frenetic scratching. Diverse piece.
5. Dissonant nauseating sliding, delicate plucking, fierce tremolo. At times very low-volume and almost ambient, creepy. Music for someone about to take off in an airplane, at night in the dark, terrified.
6. Starts soft and creaky. Dive bomb sounds at 50 seconds in, high pitched violence. Near silence at 1:23 left, for a few seconds, then tip-toe’ing creepiness through the end.

Track Listing
1. Persuasion   3. Solo For Neil
2. 16 Feet + Cello   4. Visible/Invisible