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Hugh Hopper/Lisa S. Klossner: Cryptids

Track List

>As I Turn
>Up For Air
>Kissed & Stabbed
>Hours In The Day
>Long Walk, The
>Of Course
>Called To Speak
>I See You
>Night Must Fall, The

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Lisa S. Klossner (vocals); Hugh Hopper (guitar, bass, programming, samples); Gary Smith (guitar); Chrystelle Blanc-Lanaute (flute); Elton Dean (alto saxophone); Peter Cook (saxophone); Christine Janet (trumpet, samples); Robert Jarvis (trombone); Francis Knight (piano); Julie Walkington (acoustic bass); Pip Pyle (drums); Frank Van Der Kooy (samples).

Recorded between September 8, 1997 and July 10, 1999.

Lyricist: Lisa Smith-Klossner.

Personnel: Hugh Hopper (guitar, bass guitar, programming, sampler); Lisa Smith-Klossner (vocals); Gary Smith (guitar); Chrystelle Blanc-Lanaute (flute); Peter Cook (saxophone); Elton Dean (alto saxophone); Robert Jarvis (trombone); Julie Walkington (double bass); Pip Pyle (drums).

Recording information: Delta, Chartham, Kent (08/09/1997-10/07/1999).

Photographers: Macioce; Hugh Hopper.

Arranger: Hugh Hopper.

Shortly after the release of Different came the second volume from the collaboration between Hugh Hopper and Lisa S. Klossner, this one entitled Cryptics. Hopper's warped sense of the pop song form fits perfectly with Klossner's dark and somewhat sad voice. Recorded mostly after Different, these songs are generally gloomier and sport lusher arrangements. Hopper's programming has become warmer, his bass is more prominent, and the input from other musicians (flutist Chrystelle Blanc-Lanaute, trumpeter Christine Janet, drummer Pip Pyle, trombonist Robert Jarvis, guitarist Gary Smith, and saxophonist Elton Dean) brings diversity to the mix. In essence, Cryptids sounds a couple of steps closer to Hughscore's Delta Flora. Of all the music Hopper has recorded, his collaborations with Lisa S. Klossner have yielded his simplest but best-crafted songs. Stripped of the chops and time signature changes, he turns out to be quite a melodist and arranger. Judging from the way the Hopper-Klossner association has matured through this second offering, one can only hope for a third set of songs. ~ François Couture


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