Playing vinyl involves holding something in your hand, putting a needle down and, at least on my high end system, listening to sound quality that can mesmerize.
Every piece here seems to play by its own rhythmic rules, and yet nowhere does the music sound academic or formal.
There’s much to admire in If There Are Mountains, modulated pathos as well as subtle joys.
The sound on these discs couldn’t be more clear or precise; the music is low-key, thoughtful, and resolutely melodious.
Newvelle Records’ taste seems to be flawless.
Lionel Loueke is a unique voice, who has managed to bring a number of influences together without weakening or undermining any of them.