360 Staff Pick: Infra

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You wouldn't guess thatInfra, an ambient-classical piecebyMax Richter, was originally conceived as a score for Britain'sRoyal Ballet; nothing about it screams 'dance' to me. While the music leaves the choreography to our imagination, it translates into an album quite nicely. Richter contrasts melodic chamber arrangements with subtle swaths of static and electric ripples. Yet the colors don't clash: on record they gel to suggest a painting, rather than a dance.