French composer and Ondes Martenot virtuoso, Christine Ott releases her first full-length album since 2009 and her debut record for Gizeh Records.Only Silence Remains is beautifully melodic and filled with mystery, seeing multi-instrumentalist Ott performing on a variety of different instruments throughout the record.
Ott's creations are nothing short of magical, with the piano taking centre stage throughout, accompanied perfectly by the Ondes Martenot, harmonium, tubular bells and percussion. This music is revelatory in its ability to transport you to another time or perhaps even another world. It's nocturnal qualities coupled with subtle romance reveal an artist at the top of her game. Only Silence Remains seeps into your unconscious, and rewards with repeated listening.
From movie soundtracks to opera, through improvisation, contemporary music, theatre plays, dance or rock music, Christine Ott's musical path has always been guided with a ‘no limit’ spirit and will to share her passion for new sounds with others. Ott is a true eclectic artist with a musical journey that knows no concessions, always driven by an insatiable curiosity, uncompromising musical choices, and cooperations born with passion and heart. Collaborations with the likes of Yann Tiersen, Radiohead, Tindersticks, Syd Matters, Daau, Raphelson, Noir Désir, Vénus, Oiseaux-Tempête and Foudre! have lasted over time.... Her music is all together unclassifiable, disturbing, inspired and melodious.
Ott is a mischievous, extraterrestrial being. Always looking for new and interesting ways to work, she does not settle on one instrument, such as the Ondes Martenot: an enigmatic electronic musical instrument invented by Maurice Martenot in 1928. Nor does she settle on one musical style: she is working with an ever-present passion to shuffle the cards. Ott was an integral part of Yann Tiersen's experimental band for ten years, contributing on both recorded material and live shows alongside a vast amount of other work for theatre, film and dance.
LES INROCKUPTIBLES "Entre caresses irréelles, maelströms grondants, souffles cosmiques et danses astrales, on sort de ce voyage musical ému et ébloui." DANS LE TOP ALBUMS 2016, 9/10
A CLOSER LISTEN “One of the most hopeful albums of the year" TOP10 MODERN COMPOSITION 2016
THE SKINNY "Ott's compositions are shadowy and minimal, the melodies subtly sketched, and arrangements given space and light. It makes for a set that rewards repeated listens."
ANTHEM REVIEW "It’s music for almost every moment and certainly ever mood, and in as many ways as I can think of, it’s fantastic." 9/10
POPNEWS "Il est des musiques instrumentales parfois bien moins muettes qu’elles n’y paraissent. (...) Christine Ott, avec son second album, "Only Silence Remains" investit des territoires nouveaux, ceux où planent les spectres d’une musique classique accueillante."
AURAL AGGRAVATION "Ott demonstrates a musical intuition that’s truly exceptional. To describe or define the ways in which the music reaches in and touch the listener’s soul is nigh on impossible: it simply does. "
L'OMBRE SUR LA MESURE "une oeuvre mystérieuse, transmettant des sensations ambivalentes mais pérennes. Un disque ouvert, qui a le mérite de véritablement expérimenter sans se perdre. Un disque où règne la divagation mais où rien n’est laissé au hasard."
CLAIR & OBSCUR "entre classique lyrique à la Keith Jarrett, cinématique, romantique (...) puis devenant plus sombre et dark ambient en fin d’album"
SOUNDBLAB "A mood-enhancing and enchanting album that Erased Tapes would love to showcase and could be filed alongside Rachel Grimes or John Carpenter"