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  • Artist(s): Katinka Kleijn
  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the collaboration between Bill MacKay and Katinka Kleijn was inspired partly by the Herman Hesse novel Steppenwolf.
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  1. Oct 29, 2019
    80
    Stir ends in relative quiet and serenity with “Path to the Peak,” little flares of guitar anarchy quickly sluiced over pensive bowing. The dialogue here, as elsewhere, is fluid and intuitive, as each player hears, contemplates and reacts to what the other proposes, not in synchrony but in understanding. They move gracefully over a landscape that is always shifting under them.
  2. Oct 29, 2019
    80
    If to stir is to mix and combine, or to transform something that was one thing into something else, this shows what Kleijn and MacKay can do so remarkably when set to that task.
  3. Oct 29, 2019
    70
    MacKay and Kleijn have performed and recorded with a large number of musicians in their careers, but STIR reveals they push one another to especially imaginative and expressive work, and this collaboration hardly appears to have made use of all their inspiration just yet.
  4. Mojo
    Oct 29, 2019
    60
    Tense, rewarding, avant-garde jousting abounds. [Nov 2019, p.96]