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Portland Cello Project

Homage

(Jealous Butcher; US: 1 May 2012; UK: 1 May 2012)

An elegant genre-bending full-length that's a very welcome change of pace.

Homage is the latest from the Portland Cello Project and it cements their reputation as one of the most inventive collectives going in contemporary music. Their closest relative, the Vitamin String Quartet, has a knack for choosing the right songs to cover but they rarely deviate from the arrangements. What makes Portland Cello Project so unique is their unique arrangements when taking on songs they cull from pop culture. For instance, one of the most effective tracks here is “Fugue On A Monstrous Theme”, which is a composition stemming from Kanye West’s “Monster”. It’s a moment of pure invention on a record that’s populated by almost nothing but. It’s also nice to hear that no matter what the setting, Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” remains as irresistible as ever.

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Steven is a writer, musician, and filmmaker from Wisconsin who has spent his fair share of time in the entertainment trenches. He frequently contributes reviews and interviews to Playground Misnomer, which can be accessed here: http://www.playgroundmisnomer.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @unbusyinwi.


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