Noteworthy new additions to our music collection.
Arguably the breakout band of Athens, Georgia's "Elephant 6" collective, Of Montreal is essentially Floridian songwriter Kevin Barnes plus an assorted collection of backing artists. Mining the melodic, mildly psychedelic vein of the White Album-era Beatles, Barnes composes striking short-form tone poems that, despite some rather downcast lyrics, manage to be catchy, upbeat, and utterly unique.
LeVassor Duo is Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Steven Rosen (viola) and classical guitarist Steven Goering. Duende – Spanish for passion and inspiration – is their latest album, which features the Spanish and flamenco compositions by the great twentieth century composer Manuel de Falla. Duende is fused with old world charm. Visually, the music is a family style feast where each miniature sits at a long table on a warm summer night under a string of paper lanterns passing large bowls of comfort food. There are toasts, debates, laughter, and love. Still, other compositions like “Mi Shebeirach” are soft lullabies of after dinner drinks by the fire. Other composers include Jose Manuel Lezcano, Joe Drzewiecki, and Georg Philipp Telemann.
Fifty Shades Of Grey: original motion picture soundtrack
One of the biggest success stories in books has now made a big splash in the theater. The soundtrack to the big box office hit film includes music by Annie Lennox, Laura Welsh, Jessie Ware, Ellie Goulding, Beyonce, Sia, Frank Sinatra, Skylar Grey, Danny Elfman, The Weeknd, The Rolling Stones, Awolnation, and Vaults.
Shadows in the Night
Bob Dylan returns with his first collection of new music since 2012's Tempest. Here, Dylan takes songs originally performed by an orchestra and turns them into works that can be played by a five-piece band in just one or two takes. "4 out of 4. ...Shadows suggests that he still has plenty to say." -USA Today
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