96kHz/24-bit FLAC, SnipRecords (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)

Melphi is a Dutch quartet, formed by pianist Rogier Telderman in 2010 and curiously named after the psychiatrist in The Sopranos. Through The Looking Glass is the band’s debut outing, comprising mostly Telderman compositions, with lyrics by the group’s singer Lotte van Drunen. Bassist Jurriaan Dekker and drummer Willem van der Krabben complete the combo, their virtuosity shining through the set’s collection of enchanting tracks. It’s a nice recording too, the electric bass underpinning the combo’s moody, melodic, jazz-inspired songs to great effect. It’s not a purist production – each musician was in a separate studio booth rather than performing in ‘natural’ space but they were still playing together. Lotte van Drunen’s voice is fabulously emotive, ranging from sensually smooth to downright rockin’. JB

Sound Quality: 80%

Hi-Fi News Lab Report

This native 96kHz recording shows a very extended ultrasonic output even through the simplest piano and vocal sections, these peaks more likely a product of downstream electronics (amps, mixers, compressors) than natural harmonics. PM