Frozen Refrains is the fifth studio album by electro-acoustic composer Bérangère Maximin, following releases for Tzadik, Sub Rosa, and Crammed Discs. Across seven multi-layered pieces the album explore themes of multiplicity, possible futures, subjectivity, dissonant emotions, and memory as a force of imagination, reinvention, and power. Its narrative is anchored in musical tradition while also challenging it, incorporating strategies of Musique Concrète and acoustic transformation.
Raised on the remote French colonial island of Reunion, Maximin takes pleasure in contradiction and contemplation, sculpting fragmented sequences of loops, signal drift, and electro-acoustic texture into "digital chimeras." Her music connects digital and physical, isolation and lyricism, revealing the latent melodies within intricate, abstracted sound.
"Bérangère Maximin records the sounds of everyday life and propels them to a higher level. Her style and mode of composition make her one of the important composers of our time. I am delighted to welcome her to Atlas Realisations." - Craig Leon