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John Bence - Love
Thrill Jockey Records
John Bence uses music to probe the deepest recesses of the human psyche. The composer has already built up a striking body of work bound by an incredible clarity of vision. His elegiac works occupy an omnivorous sound-world, assimilating elements of British avant-garde and electronic music, classical tradition and sacred medieval song into cavernous, sepulchral compositions. Love forms the final chapter in a trio of works with Kill and Disquiet that chart Bence's experiences with addiction and his subsequent journey to recovery. Returning to his first love, the piano, Bence explores the instrument's deeply emotional qualities in ten movements. Love's stark minimalism and raw production reflect the composer's personal struggles with striking honesty, searching for the deeper meaning in human suffering.