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Loving the Chambered Nautilus

Loving the Chambered Nautilus by William Brittelle
Released: Jun 2012
Label: New Amsterdam
William Brittelle follows his art-rock song cycle Television Landscape with something more like pure chamber music. The results bring his compositional talents into sharper focus; the melodies are all the more remarkable for mostly not feeling pop-derived (though moaning synths on "Acid Rain on the Mirrordome" bring to mind Brittelle's love for Purple Rain). Great post-minimalist instrumental writing is the focus here. When the virtuoso strings of the ACME Ensemble collide with distorted percussion thumps on "I," listeners -- whether "classical heads" or not -- will be intrigued.
Seth Colter Walls