Add Date: November 8
Album: Beautiful Mechanical
Label: New Amsterdam
Genre: Defies classification
Comments: The New York sextet yMusic's album Beautiful Mechanical features the chamber outfit tackling compositions by Shara Worden (My Brighest Diamond), Annie Clark (St. Vincent) and Anticon artist Son Lux, among others. It's been issued by New Amsterdam; the last release we had from that label was Sarah Kirkland Snider's song cycle Penelope, featuring vocals from Worden, which arrived around this time last year. (Beautiful Mechanical also includes Snider's "Daughter of the Waves".)
Unsurprisingly, this is top-notch; what quickly becomes apparent is the musicianship of the players--Hideaki Aomori (clarinet), C.J. Camerieri (trumpet and horn), Clarice Jensen (cello), Rob Moose (violin and guitar), Nadia Sirota (viola) and Alex Sopp (flute and piccolo)--as well as the beauty of the compositions.
Fans of Snider and Worden, as well as Clogs or Owen Pallett, will enjoy Beautiful Mechanical. My favorites are Son Lux's work, which provides the title for the record, as well as Snider's piece, but you can't go wrong with any of these selections.