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Roomful of Teeth by Roomful of Teeth
Released: Oct 2012
Label: New Amsterdam
Another new-music group -- a vocal ensemble, this time -- gets a debut recording via New Amsterdam Records. Many label-mate names come up in the list of composers: Judd Greenstein's "Aeiou" and Sarah Kirkland Snider's "The Orchard" are among the familiar talents. But the big story here is two new compositions by Merrill Garbus (better known as Tune-Yards). It shouldn't surprise us that a vocalist of her gifts can write so well for other voices, but it's still startling how both her contributions -- "Quizassa" and "Ansa Ya" -- connect every bit as strongly as her indie-rock work.
Seth Colter Walls

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