11 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anna Meredith may have composed for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, but she’s also written a piece for an MRI scanner. Echoing that breadth of approaches, her debut album blends classical leanings (clarinet, tuba, cello) with bubbling electronics and Dirty Projectors-esque avant-pop. The Scottish-born, London-based composer stokes pinging, bass-buffeted melodies on opener “Nautilus”, while “Taken” moves to distorted guitar and a quasi-rock chorus. Whether turning to epic synth odysseys (“The Vapours”) or sugary electro-pop (“Something Helpful”), Varmints accumulates more giddy ideas with every passing minute.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anna Meredith may have composed for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, but she’s also written a piece for an MRI scanner. Echoing that breadth of approaches, her debut album blends classical leanings (clarinet, tuba, cello) with bubbling electronics and Dirty Projectors-esque avant-pop. The Scottish-born, London-based composer stokes pinging, bass-buffeted melodies on opener “Nautilus”, while “Taken” moves to distorted guitar and a quasi-rock chorus. Whether turning to epic synth odysseys (“The Vapours”) or sugary electro-pop (“Something Helpful”), Varmints accumulates more giddy ideas with every passing minute.

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Ratings and Reviews

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qbones ,

Relentlessly amazing.

Caught them on Tiny Desk Concert (check it out) and was so excited by their sound that I straightaway sought them out. Anna Meredith layers and builds, creating an inexorable excitement in songs like Nautilus, or quirky floating curiosity in Ribbons. It's like a stadium sound with cello & tuba. The combinations of meter are exciting, and they work, bubbling in your brain. LOVE THIS COMPOSER AND HER GROUP.

mantle52ball ,

A like it alot

Really don't write to many reviews but I felt the need to write and say how much I enjoy this music. Take a chance and explore something different and good. Has a little of everything in it and it does it all very good.

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