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Jocelyn Pook – Untold Things

Jocelyn Pook – Untold Things

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    If you remember the stark, bare-bones score to Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, then you've heard Jocelyn Pook. A British composer with edgy, avant-garde sensibilities, she nevertheless lures you into her world of sound like a Venus flytrap: pretty on the outside, dangerous once you get in. "Dionysus," the opening track on Untold Things, is a haunting Gothic-style hymn sung by Melanie Pappenheim over minor-key string cycles. On "Red Song," Russian and Tatar vocal samples mix with Verdi's "Te Deum" to create a global choral lament. "Upon This Rock" sets a Middle Eastern ululating vocal sample against a decidedly English chorale and heroic strings. On "Yellow Fever Psalm," Pappenheim's vocal is played backwards in perfect harmony against a droning string arrangement. Pook terrain is one of thwarted expectations and musical puzzle-making whose songs seduce you with their minor-key melancholy. She often works in contrasts and she's particularly enamored of mixing Middle Eastern instruments and voices in western classical settings, building her orchestrations around the melodies of vocal samples, rather than the usual ambient technique of plopping a sample into the middle of an instrumental mix. Untold Things is a challenging album with untold charms that reveal themselves on repeated listening.


    1 Dionysus
    2 Red Song
    3 Upon This Rock
    4 Yellow Fever Psalm
    5 Hell, Fire And Damnation
    6 Take Off Your Veil
    7 The Last Day
    8 Saints And Sinners
    9 Butterfly Song
    10 Calls, Cries And Clamours
    11 Saffron