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NYC's leading harp improviser Zeena Parkins and her "Adorables" of percussionist Shayna Dunkelman and electronic artist Preshish Moments in a mix of lush acoustic orchestration with live electronics, beats, and unusual instruments.

Parkins, Zeena and The Adorables
The Adorables

Parkins, Zeena and The Adorables: The Adorables (Cryptogramophone)
Label: Cryptogramophone    
Released in: USA    

"The Adorables is the latest band led by Zeena Parkins with percussionist Shayna Dunkelman and electronic guru Preshish Moments. Zeena Parkins is a harpist with Bjork, and a stalwart of the Downtown NY scene. The Adorables mixes lush acoustic orchestration with live electronics, beats, and unusual instruments. Visceral, unearlthly, exquisitely rich sounds mix with drones, crafted sound processing,feedback and the guts of harp strings."-Cryptogramophone

"Superlatives would fail me here if I were to resort to them. So I won't say that this is the career-defining Zeena Parkins recording. Or that this album takes the best of her compositional skills and harp prowess (you can hear shades of Ursa's Door as well as hints of the beauty of her playing as far back as the News from Babel albums with Chris Cutler and Lindsay Cooper), and places them alongside young musicians who are as clued in to her unique vision as anyone could hope to be.

I'm talking about percussionist Shayna Dunkelman and electronics manipulator Preshish Moments, who, along with Parkins, form Zeena Parkins and the Adorables. This band seems to have achieved an empathy that none of Parkins' other groups has ever quite achieved (though, of course, her longtime collaboration with Ikue Mori is a different story).

What strikes the ear in the first few minutes of the opening track - the crazy quilt tour de force "Constructed" - is how polished and at the same time fresh the recording sounds. What follows, and lasts through the whole album, is the astonishing melding of Parkins' and Dunkelman's playing - usually only slightly electrified harp and vibraphone, respectively, and the incongruous electronic interjections made by Moments which are the ingredients that shouldn't work, but do anyway.

Nothing stays the same for very long in any track on the Adorables album, but it's not for lack of attention span. The quick changes from intricate composition to improvisational noise (an AMM comparison would not be far off the mark when describing the middle section of "Raking"), are key to Parkins' aesthetic, but never more fully realized than here, on The Adorables."-Dan Coffey, Avant Music News

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Product Information:

UPC: 671860014720

Label: Cryptogramophone
Catalog ID: CG147
Squidco Product Code: 17547

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded at Clubhouse by Paul Antonell.


Zeena Parkins-acoustic harp, accordion, Nord wave, Mellotron, Memory Moog, Novachord, Andromeda, marxophone

Shayna Dunkelman-vibraphone, glockenspiel, crotales, triangle, concert bass, drum, toms, snare, Tam Tam

Presish Moments-electronics

Danny Blume-acoustic guitar, baritone ukulele

Deep Singh-Indian percussion

Dave Sharma-Indian percussion

Kristin Slipp-voice

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Track Listing:

1. Constructed 12:31

2. Invented 5:22

3. Umea 3:12

4. Refracted 3:00

5. Raking 6:41

6. Without_Source 3:16

7. Sophia 2:57

8. Song 4:47

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