Thursday, September 3, 2009

Record Review: Choir of Young Believers

Choir of Young Believers
This is for the White in Your Eyes
[2009, Ghostly International]

Read the full review at Tiny Mixtapes. Jannis Noya Makrigiannis is a big deal in his native Denmark. Previous EPs from his Choir of Young Believers helped garner auspicious accolades overseas, including “Talent of the year” and “Hope of the year.” Ghostly International, a label who rarely — if ever — releases music so earthy or organic, signed the band for American distribution, hoping to capitalize on (as the awards would have you believe) Denmark’s greatest new musical export with This is for the White in Your Eyes.

I initially enjoyed the more immediate songs on this album (tracks 1, 4, 7), but after a few listens through, the quiet, subtle tracks really began to shine. A paragraph was omitted from this review, in which I discussed "Why Must it Always be this Way." The original appeared on the Burn the Flag EP, as a voice/guitar/cello song. It appears on the long-player with a small string section, and copious amounts of vocal reverb. It threatened to kill the sentiment of the original, but in my opinion, it's one of the better tracks on the album. If you're into orchestral pop, this is worth checking out, despite the low score I gave it.

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