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Hear Roll the Dice Rework Julia Kent’s Cello Meditation ‘Transportation’

Swedish duo adds deep electronics to Kent's multi-layered piece for strings

picture-18685-1372868658Philip Sherburne // February 25, 2013

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.