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Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
Extreme Spirituals

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic: Extreme Spirituals (Cuneiform)
Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"For their 13th album and in their 25th year together, post-punk, art-rock pioneers Birdsongs of the Mesozoic do a 180 degree musical swerve and link up with bass-baritone vocalists Oral Moses, one of the preeminent African-American performers of traditional spirituals. The band demolish all preconceptions about themselves by presenting a program of heavily rearranged, well known African-American spirituals and 19th century art songs. The blend of Birdsongs' cutting-edge instrumentation with the strength and majesty of Moses' voice creates a very unorthodox yet deeply moving sound, which The Noise called, "Totally sublime and deeply moving." This collaboration represents a new experiment from all parties - something of a meeting at the crossroads between two creative parties passing in very different directions. Together they bring these centuries-old songs kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Dubbed "the world's hardest rocking chamber quartet" by the New York Times, Boston's Birdsongs of the Mesozoic creates innovative instrumental music that fuses rock, classical, minimalism, punk, garage/pop, and jazz. Two keyboardists (one on grand piano and one on synthesizer), guitar, saxophone and electronic/computer percussion produce a unique sound that fuses the youthful energy and anarchism of rock with the structure (and process) of classical music. The result is simultaneously abstract and accessible, music without vocals with broad popular appeal. Called everything from 'avant-progressive' [Progression] to 'heavy metal Baroque' [Honolulu Weekly] to 'avant-garage' [B Side], Birdsongs' hybrid sound may well be classical music's new alternative, a 'genetically modified' hybrid that will breathe life and vigor into a musical genre that has grown rarified with age, increasingly irrelevant to modern audiences. The Iridium Controversy is a sophisticated work, a soundtrack to a primordial epic that harkens to the future as well as the past."-Cuneiform

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Rock and Related
Progressive Rock
Song Based Music
Septtember 2006

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Product Information:

UPC: 045775024127

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: Rune 241
Squidco Product Code: 6781

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray

Oral Moses-bass baritone

Michael Bierylo-guitar/programming, sound design

Ken Field-saxophones, flute, percussion

Erik Lindgren-acoustic grand piano

Rick Scott-synthesizer

with: Larry dersch-drums

Terry Donahue-conga

Jason Marchionna-percussion

Ken Winokur-djembe

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Track Listing:

1. I'm a Rollin'

2. Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray

3. A Little More Faith in Jesus

4. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

5. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho

6. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

7. Listen to the Angels Shoutin'

8. Wayfaring Stranger

9. Great Day

10. Nobody Knows the Trouble I See

11. Oh Freedom

12. Amen