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The debut full-length from Parisian post-rock experimentalists Maninkari unfolds luxuriantly over its two-disc length. The band refuses to discount any possible ways of making music, combining traditional jazz and classical techniques with modern electronics and textures. The sound is markedly minimalist, with the air of gradually slipping into a coma, or of a cocoon weaving around the listener almost imperceptibly. While it can be akin to immersion in a sensory-deprivation tank, the Phillip Glass-like strings, tribal drumming, and sprinklings of piano emerge to break up the hypnotic mood.

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