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by Evan Sawdey

29 Jan 2013


Photo: Stephen Taylor

When you decide to make your debut album a full-blown concept album, you know full well that you’re making a rather bold entry into the world of music. When said concept album is revealed to actually be a full-blown sample-based opera about the life of female mountain climber Isabelle Eberhardt, no longer can you trust whatever expectations you might have—you just know you’re in for an experience.

Yet this is exactly what NYC-based Missy Mazzoli has done. She’s no stranger to the world of indie rock, mind you, being a member of the all-female group Victoire and having collaborated with the likes of Efterklang and the Skeletons. Yet while reading about and stumbling upon the letters and journals of Eberhardt while in Boston, Mazzoli became fascinated, and soon developed the sometimes downright experimental post-rock opera that is Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt.

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