Nº 15 HIOR CHRONIK – TAKING THE VEIL

“Shadows surrounding, this lucid veil that will not conceal.”

‘Taking the Veil’ is the debut solo album on Kitchen. Label by Berlin-based musician Hior Chronik. Originally from Athens, the new album is a follow-up to his previous work on the label as the duo Pill-Oh in ‘Vanishing Mirror’. The established foundation are intact on ‘Taking the Veil’: the bitterly romantic strings and gentle electronics whisper melting over plaintive piano scores. Hior Chronik has a penchant of producing subtly immense and cinematic compositions which are remarkably chilling in its beauty.

The latest release follows Hior Chronik’s distinctive compositional path with the pairing of a collaborator on each track. This time the instrumental colors are most intimate, honed to evocative perfection with each collaboration bringing its own nuances to a permeable set of motives. Through the contemplative moments, what give it life is the varied scoring which goes from solo piano to string orchestra, opening up a space that shimmers with stirring melancholy. Featuring classically aligned contemporaries such as Field Rotation (Denovali Records), Sophie Hutchings (Preservation), Luup (Experimedia) and Japanese composers Yasushi Yoshida (noble), Yoshinori Takezawa (Schole Records) among many others. The biggest change in this new album is the addition of vocals by Amber Ortolano and Fabiola Sanchez (Familiar Trees) on four songs. Figured centrally in the soundtrack as recurring lyrical voicing, the Amber Ortolano and Hior Chronik pairing also produced a rearranged version of ‘Twice’ originally written by Swedish electronic band Little Dragon.

‘Taking the Veil’ is presented in a 16-page art book format, also featuring the New York based Amber Ortolano as a photographer. The subject in the visual narrative of ‘Taking the Veil’ is of young women imprisoned by their flow of thoughts and their dark imagination. The delicate beauty and ambiguous gestures of feminine protagonists serve as powerful metaphors of the veil as the title of the album reflects – They reveal and conceal all at once, reviving emotions conjured by a sense of mystery. The album underlines this atmosphere that probe the consciousness imbued with burnished hues of something half-remembered and half-dreamed. ‘Taking the Veil’ is the best company for late hours and memory searching in a world of mist and shadows.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Hior Chronik was born in Athens in 1974. His relationship with music started when he was working as a radio producer for Jazz fm in the early 90s’ and as a columnist for various music magazines. He began creating music about 7 years ago and today his focus is on minimal ambient based mainly on piano, characterized by cinematography, melancholy, scattered notes and long melodies that form expressive engagements. His music is featured in various films, documentaries as well as art performance. — Read more

  • CATALOGUE NO.
    KI-015
  • FORMAT
    CD + Art Book / Digital
  • GENRE
    Modern Classical, Electronics
  • SPECIFICATION
    200mm x 140mm, 16pp book, offset printed, full color on uncoated paper
  • EDITION
    2000
  • RELEASE DATE
    24 May 2015
    28 May 2015 (Int’l)
TRACKLISTING

 
  • 01 London Bridges (Feat. Amber Ortolano)
  • 02 Nest of Autumn (Feat. Sophie Hutchings)
  • 03 Twice (Feat. Amber Ortolano)
  • 04 Small Wonders (Feat. Yasushi Yoshida)
  • 05 Cold Winter Morning (Feat. Luup)
  • 06 Simple is Beautiful (Feat. Field Rotation)
  • 07 Sailing Away (Feat. Amber Ortolano)
  • 08 We Are All Snowflakes (Feat. Yoshinori Takezawa)
  • 09 Oblivion (Feat. Field Rotation)
  • 10 Can You Hear (Feat. Familiar Trees)
  • 11 When The Night Comes (Feat. Daphne Farazi)
  • 12 Between Two Rooms (Feat. Seiji Takahashi)
  • 13 The Sense We Make (Feat. Halo)
  • 14 Quiet Inside Your Chest (Feat. Aaron Martin)
  • 15 The Ghost You Left Behind
PRESS

  • “物悲しさという音楽のヴェールをまとったその奥に秘められた思いは、夜の闇へと親和する。ノスタルジーとは、記憶とは。そう問いかけるように。” – Recommended album of the week
    — 雨と休日, Japan 
  • “Taking The Veil is a rich offering conceptually, sonically, and visually. It is collaboration executed to perfection to create one unified work of art. “
    — Headphone Commute, USA 
  • “Each one of the fifteen settings plays like a miniature sound painting resplendent in colour and mood…Hior Chronik once again shows himself to be a deft practitioner in the art of evocative ambient-electronic production.”
    — Textura, Canada 
  • “If you want to know how to do a release right, just ask the divine Kitchen. Label. Taking the Veil is the complete package. Kitchen. Label has continued to produce distinctive works of high quality, and Taking the Veil is one of its best.”
    — A Closer Listen, USA 
  • “Uniquely accompanied by a visual narrative in the form of an art book created by photographer Amber Ortolano and featuring such wonderful artists as Field Rotation, Sophie Hutchings and Aaron Martin, Taking the Veil is collaboration executed to perfection to create one unified and achingly beautiful work of art.”
    — Stationary Travels, UK 
  • “The album is a masterpiece in complementing Hior’s core talent. Taking the Veil comes off in one fell swoop as an immersive journey into delicate and intricate tales told by a truly talented cast.”
    — A Strangely Isolated Place, USA 
  • “It’s a neo-classical record, but it doesn’t feel like one.” 8/10, Recommended album of the week
    — Norman Records, UK 
  • “This music is like a breath in the morning fog. after the veil has fallen you’ll see a dark glowing jewel. Hior Chronik is the painter of miniatures with iridescent colors. i want to get lost in that music. Magical onomatopoeia.”
    — Arovane, Germany 
  • “Beautiful dreams, rich in variety … always believing in the good of this world.”
    — Bersarin Quartett, Germany 
  • “Gems that go beyond expressive languages, to speak to the hearts under a veil of the melancholy night.”
    — Music Won’t Save You, Italy 
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