Caryn Lin — Honour the Rain
(Gypsy Line gy 839, 1993, CD)
by Alain Lachapelle, Published 1996-03-01
Caryn Lin is a violin player who plays on one track of the Project Lo disc. Here, on her solo album, we find overdubs of echoed pizzicato and such over which a rather spatial violin flies. Unfortunately, the resulting effect is also of one that flies over without much to grip on. At times it tends to evoke either emotional outbursts or contemplation moods, but still, the effect is rather cold, as if there wasn't any anchor to spring from. And although tension is hinted at, once all sound processing is removed, there remains a sense of linearity that no melody is able to dynamically transform. The "Change Constant" suite (with its "More Change," "Why Change?" "Spare Change," and "No More Change" modules) may be the most interesting of the album as there are beneficial rests, giving a sense of thoughtfulness. Maybe violin lovers could be interested in this album, but it does sound a bit too much like someone experimenting with devices. Still, the atmosphere coming out is one of general tranquility, and as such, constitutes the best aspect.
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