Anastasia Minster- Hour of the Wolf
Anastasia Minster, an artist originally from Russia, moved to Toronto in 2013 to begin her musical career as a solo artist. Creating music for Minster is a sacred experience. Akin to meditation for some people, Anastasia let’s her environment and time of day inspire her thought process and in turn, creates deeply introspective music.
Her new album, Hour of the Wolf is seven songs each featuring a different state of mind and exploring and interpreting that musically. The album’s title track is“inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name and Carl Jung’s concept of ‘shadow self’, it looks at the destructive forces within the human psyche”.
What’s so distinct about the album is how fragile it feels. The way Minster blends chamber pop and jazz elements is seamless and the addition to new instruments not used before in her music was a brilliant move. The use of upright bass, cello, saxophone and bass clarinet in addition to Minster’s piano playing create this snow globe type of world. It’s beautiful, whimsical, and full of wonder. While Minster’s vocals are captivating and heavenly, she keeps herself reined in and 100 percent in control. No element over power’s the next, it’s complete harmony from start to finish.
Take a listen to the album’s title track, “Hour of the Wolf” below. Hour of the Wolf is available now digitally through all outlets. For those in the Toronto, Anastasia will be hosting her album release show this Friday.
*Photo by: Kasablanka Photo
Album Name: Hour of the Wolf
Date Released: September 22, 2017
Genre: Chamber pop
Location: Toronto, Canada