Hear Roll the Dice Rework Julia Kent’s Cello Meditation ‘Transportation’
Swedish duo adds deep electronics to Kent's multi-layered piece for strings
On her third album, the cellist Julia Kent — a former member of Rasputina and an arranger and touring musician for Antony and the Johnsons — layers multitracked lines with found sounds and subtle electronic effects to create a sound that swirls and eddies as naturally as slow-moving water. Sweden’s Roll the Dice make the natural choice to remix Kent’s music; their hands-on approach to looping arpeggios and gently morphing sequences has a similarly liquid feel.
On Kent’s “Transportation (Delivered by Roll the Dice),” undulating cello lines hold their own against a tidal swell of sawtooth tones bubbling in 9/4 time; the math may be strange, but the motion is effortless.