So, let's try something a little different today. Rather than a song you prolly haven't heard, what's say I serve up a section of a new four-movement string quartet you prolly haven't heard?
And just to make things more interesting, it's the newest work of a young female composer.
I can already hear the cries of "Sellout!"
Yeah, admittedly, it's a little highbrow for this venue, but let's be honest. Try as you might and protesteth as you may, neither man nor woman can live on a steady musical diet of three chords and the truth.
So let's start by spinning "Fast" the first movement of "Out Of The Tunnel" by Danielle Eva Schwob.
Still with me?
A Londoner by birth who now splits time between NYC and LA, Miss Schwob studied composition at New York University and the Manhattan School of Music. Her influences range from Bach to Steven Reich to Phillip Glass, whose MATA Festival has featured her work. In addition to the string quartet piece, the Out Of The Tunnel album also features two pieces commissioned by the American Composers Forum that are dedicated to celebrated British painters who frequently downed pints together, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.
Anyone up for a one of Miss Schwob's harp pieces, performed by Ashley Jackson? Of course you are!
I feel pretty safe saying this may be the only music blog posting solo harp music today, but what do I know?
Now, in the event you're still accusing me of becoming too cultivated, let me throw one last googly at you in the form of one of Miss Schwob's side projects, the very Garbage-esque Delanila.
How you like them apples?
"The Philosopher" was lifted from the 2020 album Overloaded, on which Miss Schwob played guitar and synth, arranged the strings and co-produced with three-time Grammy winner David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, Peter Gabriel). So if you absolutely must have vocals, that one's definitely worth locating.
Out Of The Tunnel, on the other hand, drops on August 13th courtesy of Innova Recordings, which just so happens to be one of the coolest labels on the planet.
I think my work here is done.