17 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brooklynites will be the first to tell you that their fair borough is the center of the universe. But composer Darcy James Argue is one resident who feels more than a little ambivalent about it. Originally a collaboration between Argue and visual artist Danijel Zezelj that was mounted as multimedia performance piece, Brooklyn Babylon is a fable about the world’s tallest building, which is erected in Brooklyn, Tower of Babel–style. If nothing else, this is a pointed statement about what this borough once was (ethnically diverse and typically working class) and what it's becoming (the gentrified home of the Nets). The 18-piece Secret Society already took the jazz world by storm thanks to Argue’s imaginative compositions on 2009’s Infernal Machines, which drew on modern big-band jazz, minimalism, indie rock, and other genres. While there's no libretto, the music here sums up the lives of simple workaday folks (“Prologue”), the broad ambitions of civic leaders (“The Tallest Building in the World”), Brooklyn's teeming energy (“The Neighborhood”), and small moments of reflection (the seven interludes). A multifaceted work that realizes its lofty ambition.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brooklynites will be the first to tell you that their fair borough is the center of the universe. But composer Darcy James Argue is one resident who feels more than a little ambivalent about it. Originally a collaboration between Argue and visual artist Danijel Zezelj that was mounted as multimedia performance piece, Brooklyn Babylon is a fable about the world’s tallest building, which is erected in Brooklyn, Tower of Babel–style. If nothing else, this is a pointed statement about what this borough once was (ethnically diverse and typically working class) and what it's becoming (the gentrified home of the Nets). The 18-piece Secret Society already took the jazz world by storm thanks to Argue’s imaginative compositions on 2009’s Infernal Machines, which drew on modern big-band jazz, minimalism, indie rock, and other genres. While there's no libretto, the music here sums up the lives of simple workaday folks (“Prologue”), the broad ambitions of civic leaders (“The Tallest Building in the World”), Brooklyn's teeming energy (“The Neighborhood”), and small moments of reflection (the seven interludes). A multifaceted work that realizes its lofty ambition.

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