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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the British electronic artist Elizabeth Bernholz features elements of folk music, as well as the harpsichord and recorder.
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  1. Sep 24, 2018
    100
    With Pastoral Bernholz, excavates beneath the superficial lush turf of England’s green and pleasant land to reveal an angry mix of ancient and contemporary pus-filled sores.
  2. Sep 17, 2018
    100
    Gazelle Twin has crafted a masterpiece that feels timeless, her most deft blend of punishing and melodic yet as well as a fearless examination of both then and now.
  3. Oct 2, 2018
    90
    There is absolutely no doubting that Pastoral is a phenomenal piece of work. It’s a brilliantly informed artistic statement and a state of the nation address that cuts right through. It must also be said that it is a quite challenging and difficult listen.
  4. Sep 17, 2018
    80
    Pastoral is a bizarre album in the most positive way, and its amalgamation of traditional musical concepts within this futuristic pop structure is what makes it so enticing.
  5. Mojo
    Sep 17, 2018
    80
    An album like this could be relevant at any time, really, but it takes the past couple of years to make it quite this livid. [Oct 2018, p.91]
  6. Sep 17, 2018
    77
    You will find no comfort here. But it’s the job of an artist to capture something of the tenor of the age they live in, and Pastoral fits the bill: a mad jig along a cliff edge.
  7. Sep 21, 2018
    60
    Not only is Bernholz preaching to the converted, she’s also preaching to an audience who pride themselves on their tolerance for enduring hostility. It might make for a more engaging performance than straightforward listening experience, although Bernholz’s ingenuity does reveal itself.

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  1. Oct 5, 2018
    8
    Compared to her masterpiece "Unflesh", this isn't quite as disturbingly jaw dropping; however, on "Pastoral", Gazelle Twin has created aCompared to her masterpiece "Unflesh", this isn't quite as disturbingly jaw dropping; however, on "Pastoral", Gazelle Twin has created a deeply political album that is both lyrically and sonically warped and inspiring. Expand