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This review is from: North Sea Radio Orchestra (Audio CD)
Wanted to add to the positive comments below. This is really a great record - chamber pop, but it's a bit prog-ish and long form in places, and thus puts me in mind of Rachel's and similar. In the same way, it could be considered not outside the bounds of `post rock', although it is generally quite `up' in tone, even joyous in places, and could be nothing but English - perhaps `post pop'. Anyway, the quality orchestration would see it appeal to fans of Max Richter, Nyman, and Glass's more accessible stuff, but for all that it's a unique sound. On the first couple of listens, some of the music seems slightly awkwardly wrenched to fit the lyrics (the bulk of which, as mentioned in the other review, are taken from the work of long-dead poets), but pretty soon it all makes sense and the cadences contribute to the pleasing oddness of it all. Track 6 "Mimnermus in church" (from the poem by William Johnson Cory) is utterly sublime - quasi-religious, wall-of-sound magnificence that will appeal to everyone from `real' chamber music fans to headphone-music stoners. Apparently this largish ensemble plays in churches around London from time to time, which would be quite something to see. Their music deserves to be heard widely.