Sunday Songs

by The Beacon Sound Choir

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Michael Mueller What a deceptively wonderful album!

By starting in such an assuming, informal manner, one might think is just a vanity recording of an amateur choir. But the pieces quickly progress to reveal a terrific choir performing compelling arranged pieces.

The real highlight, though, is the final piece; a top-drawer ambient montage of all that preceded it. It's beautiful.

But this is still an album, where each piece builds towards the last.

Fans of vocal ambience need to check it out. Favorite track: Sea Of Voices (Machinefabriek Rework).
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First Terrace Records is honoured to present The Beacon Sound
Choir singing Sunday Songs - a project conceived by Peter Broderick and brought to life through collaborations with a number of Portland-based individuals including David Allred, Holland Andrews (Like a Villain), Branic Howard and Heather Woods Broderick.

Beacon Sound Choir is one of Broderick’s most ambitious and avant-garde projects to date. Utilising the harmonies of a 35 strong choir, Sunday Songs plays out with an almost religious undercurrent; the product of individuals inspired to commit a divine act of collaboration, recalling the rare splendour of a community in seamless alliance.

This is not to place the choir in an unattainable bracket however. As Peter explains, the aim of the project was simply to get as many people singing together as possible, regardless of musical experience. The relaxed demeanour of the singers and the
occasional unguarded moments of wonder and excitement betray the true nature of the recordings, that they were not made to be works of art in their own right, but rather to serve as a snapshot of a glorious phenomena; documents of a small miracle occurring on Sunday mornings at the Beacon Sound record shop in Portland, Oregon, where for Peter the act of singing became “nothing short of a magical teleportation to another realm”.

As well as the original choir recordings, the album also features a sprawling ambient rework from the endlessly inventive Machinefabriek, which he describes as “a patchwork, connecting and expanding the more dreamlike parts of Sunday Songs into a sea of voices, where it’s unclear where one voice stops and the other
begins.” His jaw-dropping reinterpretation of the source material is informed in some ways by the work of Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez. “When I discovered his choir music not so long ago I realized that ambient music already existed around the 1500s”.


7.7 PITCHFORK
"a palpable reminder of the actual physical joy of making music, particularly singing music"

THE QUIETUS
"prime flotation tank music, rich in hypnotic, ambient textures"

FLUID RADIO
"Sunday Songs drinks in the sweet morning nectar of light, but it also carries that reverential weight of an early Sunday morning."

LIBERATION
"the religious polyphonies of the Renaissance, as well as folk, gospel, The nostalgia of joy, anxiety ... And of the ambient indeed"

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released June 16, 2017

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