Tag Archive: Chamber Pop


Review by Clara Zicaro

Modern Studies
Welcome Strangers
Fire Records

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Modern Studies band suits well its name, uniting pastoral chamber pop and folk, their approach is experimental. Pooled of creativity, this group of multi-instrumentalists first appeared in 2016. This Scottish chamber pop quartet is composed by the Glaswegian singer/songwriter and doublebassist Emily Scott, the singer/guitarist Rob St. John, the cellist Pete Harvey and the drummer Joe Smillie. Their gentle blend of sounds and harmonies could be inspired by some Britain visionaries such as Fairport Convention, Kate Bush, Pentangle, Nick Drake, Richard & Linda Thompson, Alasdair Roberts. Modern Studies just released last 18th, ten tracks in their second record “Welcome Strangers” led by the nagging and hypnotic voice of Emily Scott. The first song called Get Back Down, begins as a tuning instrument time before concert, then a complex jazzy rhythm is installed where string and brass flourishes. Airy vocals made by Emily are then joined by Rob St John. Progressively, the orchestra opener is transformed into a real concert. The lead single “Mud and Flame” demonstrates a rich vocal presence. Inventive techniques have been established with analogue synths, tube organs, drum machines and mellotrons, this exposes how Emily creates the stuttering rhythm at the beginning of the song.

This second album is a big leap for Modern Studies, showing a promising future in the music industry. See you to their next concert, on Wednesday, May 25 in Edinburg!


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Sweet SoubretteBrooklyn parlor rock outfit Kotorino and sultry indie ensemble Sweet Soubrette will share an evening of lush arrangements and intense, harmony-fueled art rock at the exquisite nightclub venue Joe’s Pub on Wednesday, September 2, at 7pm.

Sweet Soubrette features lyrically intricate songs inspired by works of literature, troubled romance, and life’s mysteries, led by edgy, wry front woman Ellia Bisker and her ukulele, backed by lush arrangements of strings and horns.

The brooding, carnivalesque ensemble Kotorino, headed by Jeff Morris, shares a similar sonic palette of horns, strings, bass, drums, guitar and ukulele — but with a uniquely evocative, impressionistic songwriting approach and a gypsy jazz-inspired aesthetic.

Since 2012, Morris and Bisker have been performing as the tragicomic, noir-inspired duo Charming Disaster. This show is a rare chance to see their individual personas writ large as two separate ensembles, united by their theatrical approach to musical performance.

*When: *Wednesday, September 2, 7pm (doors 6pm)

*Where: *Joe’s Pub at The Public

*Address: *425 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003

*Venue phone: *(212) 539-8778

*Venue website: *http://joespub.publictheater.org

*Ticket price: *$15

*Purchase tickets:*

http://www.publictheater.org/reserve/index.aspx?performanceNumber=28937

Links:

www.kotorino.com

www.sweetsoubrette.com


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