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ARTIST
TITLE
Tender Almost Vulgar
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
BWR 006CD BWR 006CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/29/2007

"Fluid and engaging, 7 Hertz fluctuate and mutate live before your very ears. Incorporating all or none of the following instruments -- bassoon, violin, voice, double bass, French horn, glockenspiel, clarinet, mandolin, trumpet -- they create glorious pieces with total, beautiful spontaneity. With imaginations that rival those of Tom Waits and Stravinsky, this is modern 'classical' music that writhes and soothes. Their debut full-length, Tender, Almost Vulgar, is a record that mixes their own blend of improvised and composed work that walks the line between chamber, folk, jazz and a range of contemporary music. The resulting album (recorded in St. Mark's Church, Leeds, lends to the proceedings a hauntingly beautiful slant) is a unique and boundary-defying body of work from a band evidently confident in each others' company. As 7 Hertz themselves describe the process "...we find mutual ground through listening to each other, and making it up as we go along." To put it simply -- similarities can be drawn between 7 Hertz and a plateau of others -- Stravinsky, Ligeti, Terry Riley's Cadenza on the Night Plain, Gabriel Prokofiev's recent string quartets or anything from the New York downtown free music scene -- but this is a truly original listening experience. The Birdwar label seems to be going from strength to strength recently, but how they managed to wrangle 7 Hertz away from the heavyweights of the division such as Tzadik is truly admirable. One of the most delightful debuts of this or any year."