Cathedral City

cathedralcityCathedral City was the (2010) debut album of Missy Mazzoli’s ensemble Victoire.  All the tracks are music composed by Mazzoli and give a pretty good feel for her non-operatic output.  It’s been described as a “distinctive blend of post-rock dreamscapes and quirky minimalism” and that seems as good a description as any.  Virtuosic instrumental playing is mixed with live vocals, electronics and distorted recorded speech fragments.  Often the material is looped and the basic acoustic changed to create a different sound scape.  The music is by turns, drivingly energetic, brutal and gently lyrical.  It’s like the work of no other composer I know and I find it really compelling.

NPR asked “Is Victoire’s music post-rock, post-minimalist or pseudo-post-pre-modernist indie-chamber-electronica?” and responded ” It doesn’t particularly matter. It’s just good music.”  And that’s pretty much how I feel although I have no idea what “pseudo-post-pre-modernist indie-chamber-electronica” actually is.  So there you go.

It’s available direct from New Amsterdam Records or from your favourite on-line retailer or streaming service.

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