Lucy Railton & Kit Downes – Subaerial (SN Variations, LP/digital) 

How does Lucy Railton do it? Hardly anyone seems more active than the Berlin-based cellist, who last released an album with the group PDP III and now already follows it up with a joint record with long-term collaborator Kit Downes. Of course, »Subaerial« was in the making for a long time: the seven pieces were recorded in 2017 in an Icelandic church. The interplay between Railton's cello and Downes' organ is clearly influenced by the acoustics there. Their musical dialogue is charged with tension and is all about listening to each other. These are not two improvising strangers, but a well-rehearsed duo that breaks new ground with familiar means.