Untold Things

Untold Things

by Jocelyn Pook
     
 

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This otherworldly, ethereal sonic and vocal experience could fit into many categories -- world music, ambient, new age, even classical. An accomplished cellist and composer, Pook earned broad critical acclaim for her eclectic fusion of classicism and unorthodoxy (also her stock in trade as a string player and arranger for See more details below

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This otherworldly, ethereal sonic and vocal experience could fit into many categories -- world music, ambient, new age, even classical. An accomplished cellist and composer, Pook earned broad critical acclaim for her eclectic fusion of classicism and unorthodoxy (also her stock in trade as a string player and arranger for Peter Gabriel, PJ Harvey, Morrissey, and Siouxsie Sioux) in the music for Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. This hypnotic disc is above all else a unique creative vision, mixing obscure medieval instruments with strings, talking drums, and casual everyday sounds like birdsongs and children's playground chatter. "Dionysus" features a heartbeat-like synth groove behind a soaring wordless vocal and chant; the result is an ambient tranquility, which is slighty disrupted by the exotic wailing behind the gentler chanting and laid-back harp melody of "Red Song." "Yellow Fever Song" features an easier-to-handle chant vocal over a dramatic wall of strings, while "Hell Fire and Damnation" broods along darkly with a distant mandolin sound over its percussive chamber sound. "The Last Day" comes across like a cello elegy -- dark and haunting classical chamber music. Pook's wild blends of seemingly everything under the sun may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it's bound to grab a lot of attention because nothing else in popular music comes close to approaching its thought-provoking oddness.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
Label:
Real World
UPC:
0724385078125
catalogNumber:
50781

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jocelyn Pook   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Viola,Vocals
Harvey Brough   Vocals,Psaltery
Sally Herbert   Violin
Jub   Bass
Caroline LaVelle   Cello
Melanie Pappenheim   Vocals
Anne Stephenson   Violin
Clare Finnimore   Viola
Claire Orsler   Viola
Chuscales   Track Performer
Mickam Yogeswaran   Tabla,Vocals
Sophie Harris   Cello
Jonathan Peter Kenny   Vocals

Technical Credits

Harvey Brough   Arranger
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Jocelyn Pook   Producer,drum programming
Ben Findlay   Engineer
Claire Lewis   Engineer,drum programming
Marc Bessant   Graphic Design,Image Manipulation

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