9 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Finally, folks outside of the Pacific Northwest and Iceland can get a sense of the immense, playful talents of pop composer and indie savant Jherek Bischoff. This orchestral pop is the real deal, with each song augmented by a robust string section, plus harps and oboes. The seven-minute “Insomnia, Death & the Sea (feat. Dawn McCarthy)” is a thick, brambly art song requiring multiple listens to crack open the nougat at its center. But most of Composed is strangely pop-minded, as if Glee were taken over by undergrads from the Berklee School of Music to celebrate the work of Brian Eno. Most of the songs have different guest vocalists. And while this is Bischoff’s crossover moment, the cheese factor is incredibly low. It’s really cool to hear David Byrne and Caetano Veloso (who’s driven to deliver his best vocal performance in eons on “The Secret of the Machines") rub elbows with Zac from Parenthetical Girls and Mirah from Mirah. Huzzah.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Finally, folks outside of the Pacific Northwest and Iceland can get a sense of the immense, playful talents of pop composer and indie savant Jherek Bischoff. This orchestral pop is the real deal, with each song augmented by a robust string section, plus harps and oboes. The seven-minute “Insomnia, Death & the Sea (feat. Dawn McCarthy)” is a thick, brambly art song requiring multiple listens to crack open the nougat at its center. But most of Composed is strangely pop-minded, as if Glee were taken over by undergrads from the Berklee School of Music to celebrate the work of Brian Eno. Most of the songs have different guest vocalists. And while this is Bischoff’s crossover moment, the cheese factor is incredibly low. It’s really cool to hear David Byrne and Caetano Veloso (who’s driven to deliver his best vocal performance in eons on “The Secret of the Machines") rub elbows with Zac from Parenthetical Girls and Mirah from Mirah. Huzzah.

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