A Small Child Dreams of Voiding the Plague is a beautiful and surprising EP from the Hafler Trio. The single track it contains, duration 11 minutes, is much more expansive in dynamics and arrangements than most of H3O's output of the previous three or four years. The piece begins and ends with a mysterious melodic fragment being repeated over and over as extra touches of electronics and processed female voices are added in guise of variations. Then, three minutes into the piece, it all stops and a synth bassline is left alone, leading to the entry of an Hammond organ, more vocals, and a series of transformations that play on beat, silence, and mysterious sounds (gusts of wind, water) to forge a tune -- yes, a tune, or at least the closest Andrew MacKenzie had gotten to one lately. As usual, his liner notes remain obscure and misleading, but he hints at the possibility of involvements from Johann Johannsson, Petur Hallgrimsson, and Sara Gudmundsdottir. If you are looking for something short and palatable from this shape-shifting project, A Small Child Dreams of Voiding the Plague is a nice place to start: puzzling as always, but very beautiful.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture