Thursday, March 29, 2012

Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra - Keep Kicking & Screaming

A chamber TV On The Radio, anyone? Johnny Parry, sometime collaborator with Michael Nyman, Talvin Singh, Beth Orton and Seb Rochford, put together a thirty-piece orchestra to back his filmic explorations in nuanced electro-grandiose textures, the compunctually arranged background lending a mildly Waitsian air were he more into optimism and stateliness with electronic burbling underneath. The whole album (Fields & Birds & Things, April 16th) promises to be mightily eclectic, the other tracks available borrowing from everything from modern classical to Leonard Cohen to full-on horn section dramatics. No expense similarly spared on the video.

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