Andrew Poppy

Rude Bloom

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Poppy's contemporary classical compositions are admittedly influenced by pop music. Violin and cello complete a piano-led trio for most of the CD. A three-way musical conversation that seems hesitant and tentative characterizes the first three pieces. Delayed responses keep the music from becoming merely edgy, instead relaying a shy and inquisitive beauty. As an added bonus, Poppy's affection for more pedestrian sounds is integrated into the three-piece "Melody Versus the Brittle Funk." Here trumpet and tenor saxophone vault over his electric piano, keyboards, bass, and programming. The interrupted melody lines and electronic instrumentations suggest a soundtrack for sci-fi film noir. The foundation of these pieces is a bright minimalism with sampled voices providing melody. Poppy's style resides somewhere between Art of Noise and the Residents.

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