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ARTIST
TITLE
Toll
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
PRISMA 717CD PRISMA 717CD
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RELEASE DATE
2/11/2014

Camille Norment (b. 1970) is an American-born artist, composer and musician living and working in Norway. For her debut album Toll she assembled an ensemble consisting of electric guitar, Norwegian hardingfele (Hardanger fiddle), and the rare glass harmonica to explore the instruments' collective sensual and contextual psychoacoustics. Toll resonates through a tantalizing union of its instruments' voices and their often paradoxical cultural histories. Each of the instruments were simultaneously revered and feared or even outlawed at various points in their histories. In a slipstream of warping time and abrasive textures, the music levels beauty with noise, and the consonant with the dissonant, as it embraces scratches, squeals, and taunting microtones as equals to the purest of tones. Forming earworms and wooing songs, simple melodic phrases reference one another throughout the tracks -- the echo is like the conjuring and re-forming of a memory that is at once psychological and somatic. The album was recorded at the Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway during the crystalline resonance of February 18-21, 2013. Besides Camille Norment, the album features the musicians Håvard Skaset and Vegard Vårdal.