Pointless Orchestra

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Once described as being "no more cohesive than throwing your silverware drawer down the stairs," this recording boasts an impressive roster of collaborating artists culminating into a truly original sound. This is primarily a recording of abstract pieces emphasizing texture and tonality over beat and rhythm, incorporating instruments from all over the world. With tones that are often loud, harsh, brooding, and lilting, these pieces present intensity and emotion through non-traditional means. "Concussions" opens with cellist Matt Turner's impassioned, screeching cello careening over a bed of percussion and piano, building with an ominous intensity. "Symmetry" features Anna Hommler's innovative vocal techniques intertwined with Mike Hovancsek's gu zheng in an emotional performance that is both subdued and evocative. A sophisticated sound, this record will scare your neighbors and pets, but to the open ear there is much musical terrain here that only grows richer with repeated listenings.

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