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This 17-piece Texas ensemble arranges its songs with meticulous care, making grand contours of sound that convey volatile emotional states. On this album, the band fuses elements of symphonic theater music with a jittery indie pop attitude that both complements and clashes with its formalist leanings. Featured vocalists Tamir Kalifa, Nick Gregg, and Claire Puckett interact like characters in an Off Broadway play, framed by intricate combinations of piano, horns, and strings. From the Celtic-tinged pulsations of “Pink Stallions” to the somber classical broodings of “My Majesty of Madness” and the soundtrack-like shimmer of “Marfa,” Mother Falcon keeps listeners beguiled and unsettled with its sonic ingenuity. The lush, near-operatic “Sleep” and the darkly sweeping “What’s the Matter” are especially striking. Tracks like “Blue and Gold” and “Porcelain” prove that the band can work in more intimate settings as well. “Marigold” may be the album’s most defining moment, a wild ride of swelling brass and palpitating rhythms. All these high points combine to make You Knew an exotic, challenging, and ultimately rewarding listen.

Customer Reviews


Absolutely stunning, as always!

Great listen

Emotionally evocative, strings are especially moving. Absolutely love Marigold.

Buy it.

I think I saw a writer sum it up best by saying that attempting to make Arcade Fire comparisons will only hamper the listening experience. The emotions are best evoked through the music itself, and it seems to me that vocals are almost a backing, whispering what you feel into your ear. Listen to this for the experience, not to hear a vocalist with an orchestra behind them.


Formed: 2008 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An ambitious symphonic rock/orchestral pop collective based out of Austin, Texas and spearheaded by bandleader and founder Nick Gregg, Mother Falcon was formed in 2008 by Gregg with the help of members of the Red Armada String Quartet, a high school ensemble. Taking a cue from other classical-minded pop artists like Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, and the Polyphonic Spree, the group eventually added members from other area schools, and by the time they began performing, numbered anywhere from 11 to 20 musicians...
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