Moonlit Reveries (Blue Vinyl)


LP version. Blue color vinyl. "Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Elena Setién uses her multi octave vocal range and delicate arrangements to create a universe where dream worlds converge with reality. Setién's masterfully allegorical songs are both emotionally immediate and provoking. A musician's musician, Setién has drawn collaborators from far and wide, from her improvisational duo Little Red Suitcase to more recent collaborations with Steve Gunn, Mary Lattimore, and fellow Basque musicians Xabier Erkizia and Grande Days. For Moonlit Reveries, a hallucinatory promenade of mood and rhythm, Setién is joined by renowned drummer/percussionist Glenn Kotche of Wilco. At the core of Moonlit Reveries is the inspiration that Setién and Kotche found in one another. The two met while Kotche was touring Spain with Wilco, Kotche having been a fan of Setién's 2022 album Unfamiliar Minds. Immediately the two started discussing collaboration which Setién began by using a series of unique drum patterns from Kotche's 'A Beat A Week' series as the basis for tracks like 'Surfacing' and 'Asking.' Kotche then sent in fresh drum takes for select pieces that embellished the frameworks set by Setién. The songs of Moonlit Reveries also make use of more guitar than Setién previously had ever explored, which Setién traces back to Steve Gunn introducing her to the music of Bridget St. John. Moonlit Reveries is an embrace of wonder, an ode to the alluring beauty, and glow of dream states. For Setién, dreams are to be appreciated. The compositions are speckled with otherworldly embellishments, from ghostly harpsichords to cavernous echoes to reverberating kalimba. Title track 'Moonlit Reveries' revels in a playful mystique, Setién's words carried by the wind across the night's sky. 'Mothers' captures the hopeful embrace of parenthood, letting go- and that cycle of life, was written in the wake of Low's Mimi Parker's premature death. A mother and artist herself, Setién was deeply saddened by the loss while drawing strength from what Parker accomplished in her short time. The winner of several Basque music awards, Elena Setién's beautiful voice, creative arrangements, and both improvisational and compositional experience make for sophisticated songs with singular textural approaches. Her otherworldly sounds are perfectly complimented by Kotche's light and agile syncopations throughout."