Jherek Bischoff - Composed (The Leaf Label)

There are several reasons to love Jherek Bischoff's new album, Composed.

Firstly, it's on The Leaf Label, who are on a particularly hot streak this year, following two stunning releases already from Matthew Bourne and AU.

Secondly, it features guest contributions from David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Nels Cline, Carla Bozulich, Zac Pennington and Soko, among others, all of which are sparkling and vibrant.

But thirdly, and most importantly for me, it occupies the musical area known as chamber pop. You know we love a bit of chamber pop around here. This is a swooping, fluttering, brilliantly orchestrated album of tunes which recalls Van Dyke Parks at his best.

I'm not going to say any more for now because I'm still digesting its multi-faceted gorgeousness, but there'll be loads more on the radio show from this in the near future.


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