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Shelley’s on Zenn-La

Oliver Coates

Shelley’s on Zenn-La

Third full-length solo album from the London-based cellist/producer with guest appearances from Chrysanthemum Bear, Malibu and Kathryn Williams

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  1. 8.5 |   The 405

    It is possibly something that will bemuse some, but absolutely enthral those willing to use it to spur the imagination – and that is often the sign of a truly provocative and thoughtful artwork
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  2. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A study of musical form that is innovative in both its approach and experimentation
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Far from spreading himself thin, the polymath composer seems more uncontainable with each release. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Coates uses an eccentric blend of rich strings and muffled hardcore rhythms that are seductive, haunting and deliciously weird. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    For all talk of its complexity and Coates’ varied background this is, simply, a generous and fascinating album that’s difficult to stay away from
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  6. 8.0 |   music OMH

    There aren’t many musical polymaths quite like Coates – his music is inventive and intriguing and has that special quality where you’re never quite certain what will happen next. Shelley’s On Zenn-La only adds to his increasingly impressive reputation
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  7. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Radiohead’s favorite cellist steps out of their shadow on an album composed largely of beat-oriented electronic music influenced by—but not excessively reverent toward—the work of Aphex Twin
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  8. 7.0 |   Uncut

    An engaging exercise in psychedelic computer music. Print edition only

  9. 7.0 |   Resident Advisor

    At its best, the LP showcases a composer with an uncompromising will to experiment, even if it yields mixed results
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