After winning a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their diverse self-titled debut, virtuosic a cappella octet Roomful of Teeth returned with an equally ambitious sophomore release, Render. Released by New Amsterdam Records in the spring of 2015, it features varied works by William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans, Wally Gunn, Missy Mazzoli, and their own Eric Dudley and Brad Wells. Gunn's three-part The Ascendant, which is spread across the track list, features percussion accompaniment by Jason Treuting of the experimental ensemble So Percussion. A standout on an album of striking performances, Mazzoli's "Vesper Sparrow" features bird call-like runs and Sardinian overtone singing-inspired voicing.
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AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson