This is the first time I’ve come across the name Volutes. Christina Dennaoui is based out of the ever-so vibrant city of Chicago. The Quiet Hours is a sparse, bleak, brooding album that will creep its way in to the back of your mind. With the remembrance of her mother in mind, Dennaoui’s work is a meditation on the abyssal. This album could either fall in to the middle of a desert or it could be soundtracking the delicate snowfall in the middle of a petrified forest. Volutes is hard to categorize succinctly, but she describes her sound as “a mélange of Middle Eastern drones and rhythms, field recordings, jazz and ambient textures.” You’ll notice she has “deep house” in the tags, but this couldn’t be further from it. “Requiem,” a more than fitting name with the album’s theme of remembrance, is the standout. Listen to The Quiet Hours below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Written, recorded and mixed by Volutes. Mastered by Jon Monteverde.

"Interlude 1: On Grief" contains a sample of a lecture by Judith Butler. The sample was used with the permission of Judith Butler.
released 01 October 2015

Mastering by Jon Monteverde.

Price $7

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