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Composer William Brittelle's sophomore album, Television Landscape, is emblematic of New Amsterdam Records' style-bending and boundary-blurring spirit. Drawing on his love for a diverse repertoire of music -- ranging from the orchestral works of Debussy and Ravel to landmark rock concept albums such as Radiohead's OK Computer and Prince's Purple Rain -- Brittelle's Television Landscape is a boisterous, fully composed concept album melding lushly orchestrated arrangements featuring epic guitar and saxophone solos with unforgettably-catchy tunes. This sprawling, apocalyptic-yet-hopeful album focuses on themes of destruction and catharsis, uniquely capturing the zeitgeist of 21st century life.
Television Landscape follows Brittelle's highly acclaimed first album Mohair Time Warp, which has been hailed as "invigorating" (The New York Times) and "electrifying" (Steve Smith, for Time Out New York). Like Mohair Time Warp, Television Landscape features unique vocal performance and recording methods, which Brittlelle developed in order to continue performing following a serious vocal injury in 2004.
Brittelle’s eclectic background perfectly mirrors his wide-ranging musical tastes. A classically-trained composer, Brittelle has also worked with a number of rock groups, including a stint as the frontman for the NYC punk rock band The Blondes. His compositional mentors include Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Del Tredici, punk guitar god Richard Lloyd (Television), and Mike Longo, longtime pianist/arranger for Dizzy Gillespie. From the Label
Performance CreditsWilliam Brittelle Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Vocals
Kate Campbell Piano
Megan Levin Harp
Alex Hamlin Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Diane Berkun Choir Director
Ted Poor Drums
Lawson White Synthesizer
Mary Jo Stilp Violin
Matt Marks French Horn
Mark Dancigers Guitar
David Crowell Flute,Alto Saxophone
Kate Sheeran French Horn
Logan Coale Bass
Ed Rosenberg Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Jacquelyn Adams French Horn
Andrea Hemmenway Viola
Amanda Gookin Cello
Technical CreditsWilliam Brittelle Composer,Lyricist,Orchestration,Notation
Lawson White Producer,Engineer
Stephen Taylor Graphic Design
Anatoly Zenkov Cover Photo,Tray Photo
Royce Jeffers Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Typically, when someone describes music as "eclectic" or "all over the map" I usually turn away, as more often than not it's an unfocused kitchen sink approach which comes off as dull and scattershot. That's somewhat the case here. There are many brilliant (or at the very least intriguing) moments but just as often I'm left wondering what the decision making process was behind some of the elements (Autotune in 2010, really?). And while I can't call any parts of this album outright bad, and some of the orchestrations are really quite nice to listen to as a whole, I find the soft rock approach to some tracks (however easy on the ears) to be a bit bland. That being said though, the stylistic transitions are never jarring or forced sounding. Overall a good disc, largely avoids the "kitchen sink" trap of these kinds of releases but in the end left me a bit flat.