$3.33 (pronounced “three thirty-three”) is the moniker of Celia Hollander,1 a Los Angeles musical composer who utilizes looping, delay, and repetition in modern classical piano pieces. Draft is a thirty-seven minute long extended-play that was featured in a modern dance production of the same name by Hollander’s sister, Madeline.2 Draft is a dreamy exploration of minimalism in piano composition, with frenetic keystrokes and use of looping technology that makes each track seem almost impossibly played by human hands.
The highlight track is “+++,” a gorgeously understated melody with various tempo changes that evoke a caffeine-addled Brian Eno in Discreet Music. Whereas previous track “++” missteps a bit in overall song flow, “+++” is immaculately written and hypnagogic in Hollander’s utilization of delay and seamless chord changes. There is rarely a moment on this release where keys are not pressed ten or twenty times per second, but at no point does one feel overwhelmed; Hollander is excellent at creating entrancing – not punishing – sound, which work well in the context of Draft.
“++++” utilizes the highest-pitched keys for a brief chaotic closer; its discord and augmented tone is at sharp contrast with the rest of the album, and its lack of exposition past two minutes makes this a less than triumphant ending. Opening track “+” – like “+++” – is a brilliant demonstration of the album’s themes of repetition and looping, and it is highly recommended for those who do not have the patience for the run-time of “+++.” Check out Draft for some cerebral furniture music.
1. + – (5:39) – ★★★★☆
2. ++ – (12:27) – ★★★☆☆
3. (17:36) – ★★★★★
4. ++++ – (2:09) – ★★☆☆☆
1… with probably the worst artist web site I’ve ever seen. Do not sacrifice functionality for the sake of creativeness, people: http://www.threethirtythree.biz/.
2More info here: http://www.madelinehollander.com/draft.