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Editors’ Notes

The title of Richard Reed Parry’s debut album may suggest a collection of idyllic ambient soundscapes suited for an extended yoga session. But it’s actually truth in advertising at its fullest: a core description of these half-dozen pieces written for a variety of settings, ranging from a viola-and-piano duo to a string quartet (Kronos, specifically) to a 14-piece orchestra. Best known as a member of the alternative rock ensemble Arcade Fire, multi-instrumentalist Parry has performers use either their own stethoscope-amplified individual heartbeats or breaths to dictate the tempo. The opening track, “Quartet for Heart and Breath,” is performed by yMusic, a string/woodwind/brass sextet. The legato strings sound tranquil, if occasionally slightly out of sync by design, while the pizzicato lines come across like nervous fireflies. The seven-part “Interruptions (Heart and Breath Nonet)” consists mostly of charged vignettes with yMusic, brothers Bryce and Aaron on guitars, and Parry playing double bass.

Customer Reviews

Both Cool and Excellent

A nice concept in music making performed by some of the BEST! Including: Nadia Sirota, yMusic, Kronos Quartet, Caroline Shaw, The Dessner Brothers, Nico Muhly etc!

Boring as all heck

DG tries hard to get the kids interested by hiring hipster rockstar wannabe composers. This collection of works sets a new low in standards for new music. Flat, ininspired, mind numbing and boring as all heck. Avoid this at all cost. -Bz

DG? I thought I knew ye.

A collection of conservatory students could get stoned and sit in a rehearsal room at night noodling around and come up with something more interesting than this, the musical equivalent of “shovelware.” Talk about getting too much of a BAD thing!

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