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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.

Customer Reviews

Mesh up

After waiting on this musical masterpiece, I am so pleasantly rewarded with a complete Mesh of musical genius. Jherek is a profound artist, and his works should be displayed in the musical museums of everyones sonic pleasures!

Really Excellent!

This album is a massive achievement, flawlessly executed. Can't recommend it enough.


Amazingly well done! Just beautiful.


Born: Sacramento, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Seattle multi-instrumentalist and self-taught composer Jherek Bischoff began his career as sideman in a number of indie bands before becoming the main event with the release of his debut album Composed. Born in Sacramento, California, the son of an avant-garde musician who had studied with John Cage, Bischoff had an unconventional childhood, spending a large part of his formative years on a boat which his parents sailed first up the Pacific Coast, and then on a two-year trip to Central America and...
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