Systems/Layers

Systems/Layers

by Rachel's
     
 

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The experimental avant-pop trio Rachel's fifth release is a collaborative dance/theater piece with the New York ensemble Siti Company. The predominantly instrumental Systems/Layers follows eight characters through one day of their lives in the city, relying on urban field recordings and the distinctive subway chamber music of the group

Overview

The experimental avant-pop trio Rachel's fifth release is a collaborative dance/theater piece with the New York ensemble Siti Company. The predominantly instrumental Systems/Layers follows eight characters through one day of their lives in the city, relying on urban field recordings and the distinctive subway chamber music of the group to tell these stories. The melancholy strings and plaintive piano on the beautiful "Water From the Same Source" weep with a reverence for their subject that permeates the record as a whole. These mini-films feel like rainy mornings, and the listener can almost smell the diner coffee while hurrying through pockets of cigarette smoke and bakery truck exhaust. The quietly frantic "Arterial" descends into a swirl of spoken billboard ads before replacing its frenzied piano with cellos on the taut "even/odd." Carousels and ice cream trucks provide the backdrop for curbside greetings, and buzzing electrical poles warm pigeons outside the day shelter as the band nears the end of the workday. Imaginary credits roll as the solo piano album closer "NY Snow Globe" gently unlocks the front door of your apartment, leaving a trail of footprints that beg to be retraced. Like David Byrne's underrated orchestral epic The Forest or Philip Glass' Koyaanisqatsi, Systems/Layers is cerebral and human, transporting you without insulting your intelligence.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Quarter Stick
UPC:
0036172007523
catalogNumber:
75

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rachel's   Primary Artist
Joe Williams   Vinyl Disks
Stephen Webber   Voices
Rachel Grimes   Piano,Keyboards
Jason Noble   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Christian Frederickson   Keyboards,Viola
Edward Grimes   Drums,Keyboards
Curtis Harvey   Track Performer
Jeff Mueller   Track Performer
Jem Cohen   Voices
Shannon Wright   Vocals
Kyle Crabtree   Drums
Wendy Doyle   Cello
David E. Williams   Voices
Evan Miller   Cello
James Green   Harmonium
Ben Richards   Voices,Animal Sounds
Scott Staidle   Violin
Hibba Abdul Jabbar   Voices
Akiko Aizawa   Voices
Matthew Annin   French Horn
Tim Zavadil   Clarinet
Dino Bektasevic   Voices
Doug Elmore   Standup Bass
Susan Hightower   Voices
Sarah Hill   Violin
Jamie Hofman   Viola
Arthur Kalow   Track Performer
Libby King   Voices
Barney O'Hanlon   Voices
Karl Olsen   Double Bass
Arianna Perez Rivas   Voices
Marcus Ratzenboeck   Violin
Tara Schoch   Voices
Jennifer Shackleton   Viola
Frederick Speck   Conductor
Sylvain Delisle   Voices
Luke Hampton   Guitar,Hambone

Technical Credits

Bob Weston   Engineer
Rachel's   Engineer
William Bond   Contributor
Nils Karlsson   Prop Design
Jen Wood   Sound Effects
Curtis Harvey   Contribution
Jeff Mueller   Contribution
Jem Cohen   Sound Effects
Gregory King   Filmmaker
David E. Williams   Sound Effects
Brian Scott   Contributor
Ben Richards   Prop Design
J. Ed Araiza   Contributor
Darron West   Contributor
Megan Wanlass Szalla   Contributor
Anne Bogart   Contributor
Lizzie Cooper Davis   Contributor
Shawn Fagen   Contributor
Jeffrey Frace   Contributor
Chris Healy   Contributor
Leon Ingulsrud   Contributor
Toyo Ito   Text
Arthur Kalow   Contribution
Ellen Lauren   Contributor
Donnie Mather   Contributor
Kelly Maurer   Contributor
Charles L. Mee   Contributor
Lisa Mercer   Contributor
Elizabeth Moreau   Contributor
Tom Nelis   Contributor
Danusia Roberts   Contributor
Saratoga International Theater Institute (SITI Company)   Contributor
Amy Sevick   Contributor
Maureen Towey   Contributor
Luke Hampton   Contributor

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