Zoe Keating
One Cello x 16: Natoma


4.0
excellent

Review

by BallsToTheWall USER (231 Reviews)
October 9th, 2008 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A talented cellist notable for working with Rasputina and Amanda Palmer.

Zoe Keating is a well known cellist that formerly played with the cello themed rock band Rasputina for several years. A talented cello player originally from Canada, Zoe moved to California to pursue her musical career, getting involved with several projects almost immediately before and after taking leave from Rasputina. Other projects have included working with film soundtracks, Mar, Tarentel, John Vanderslice, Amanda Palmer’s debut album, and other solo based projects. It’s safe to say that this woman is quite serious with her craft because not many others can display the same level of enthusiasm and proficiency as she can. I can thank my brother for this wonderful discovery because he was the one who introduced me to her music. Actually, I saw a live performance from Zoe before actually hearing an album first but nonetheless I was quite impressed with what I had just stumbled across. Her live show was incredibly powerful and addicting as Zoe and her lone cello delivered a thought provoking performance.

Upon the first time I heard the cello, I fell in love with the rich and deep tone that the instrument produced. I can thank metal for my introduction to the cello because Ulver brought it to my attention with the track “Nattleite” from their acoustic based record Kveldssanger. The layering of cello and acoustic guitar created a formidable duo of sorrow contrasting with calming attributes so it was only a matter of time before I discovered Apocalyptica and such. Back to Zoe Keating now. After watching her live performance I demanded a copy of her album from my brother, in a peaceful manner of course. A moment later I gleefully wrapped my fingers around “One Cello x16: Natoma” for the first time, itching to play it on my journey back home. As expected, this is a strictly instrumental based record focusing solely on the exploitation of the cello and electronic programming to help structure the compositions into fully breathing pieces of art. Repetition is a strong feature to Zoe’s limited arsenal and her exponential ability for layering deceives the listener into thinking that three cello players are playing together but in reality it’s only Zoe. To think she can pull this off by herself in concert is an incredible feat by itself.

The album follows similar ideas and movements throughout the fifty plus minute duration of the album, hence repetition forming the basis of the music but each track end’s up nothing short of spectacular. With this album dating back to 2005 I’d say it’s about time for Zoe to shell out some new offerings because had I been listening to her solo work since 2004’s E.P I would be quite on edge for all this time passing by without a new album. Nonetheless, Zoe Keating has turned out to be one of my new favorite discoveries in the year of 2008. I just hope some people decide to check out her stuff whether it‘s the new Amanda Palmer album or some of the previous Rasputina efforts. This is an album with a realistic shot of gathering a huge fan base online due to the appeal that Zoe carries. Whether you’re into ambient, classical, or even adventurous genre bending metal like Therion and Estatic Fear, there’s a great chance you’ll find something to love.



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BallsToTheWall
October 9th 2008


49334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is elite. Sputnik is not?

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Willie
Moderator
October 9th 2008


17623 Comments


Review is elite. Sputnik is not. Album is probably elite too, at least too elite for me ;)

Elixirs
October 9th 2008


93 Comments


elite elite elite elite elite elite
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BallsToTheWall
October 9th 2008


49334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Totally elite.

rasputin
October 9th 2008


14968 Comments


Nice review Balls. The cello is wonderful, I may look into this when I get a chance.

BallsToTheWall
October 9th 2008


49334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's definitely worth a spin. Lady has some crazy dreds too.

Athom
Emeritus
October 10th 2008


17240 Comments


31337

jrowa001
October 10th 2008


8752 Comments


this is a good album, but i prefer Julia Kent's solo cello album.

Crysis
Emeritus
October 10th 2008


17368 Comments


Cello?! Actually sounds interesting. Nice review for something which would otherwise get zero attention on this site.

BallsToTheWall
October 10th 2008


49334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys. I will check her out in the meantime jrowa. I reccomend watching her live performance Crysis, it's really powerful stuff. All I can say to those who skipped this is that it's their loss really.

Sk0rpi0n
October 11th 2008


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this, been listening to it for a year or more now, on and off. Incredibly expressive and emotive music.

BallsToTheWall
October 11th 2008


49334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree, she is good, real good.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 13th 2008


3920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is excellent.

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menawati
November 23rd 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very decent

zaruyache
May 9th 2017


20387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

very decent.

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