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Victoire: Cathedral City

September 28, 2010 | Format: MP3

$7.12
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The problem with the term "classical" is that for many it has come to connote a classic period. It therefore stands to reason that modern "classical" must distinguish itself by being deliberately obtuse, sometimes to popular acclaim (minimalism) and sometimes not (atonalism). And then we have Victoire.

Like other reviewers, I was entranced by this band's live performance but have some difficulty describing the music to others. These easiest parallel here would be The Books, who similarly use stringed instruments over glitchy beats and distant, warbled spoken word samples. But Victoire's sound is more orchestral, built around keyboards, violin, cello, and choral harmonies. Part "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts," part film score, part Steve Reich, part early Aphex Twin, part Kronos Quartet, and part Debussy, "Cathedral City" evokes (to this listener, at least) the wonder, fragmentation and the hint of underlying menace of modern urban life. This is 21st century music. Call it classical if you like.
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By bk on November 3, 2013
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It was night, and I was lost in the suburbs. I had some idea of where I was going, and driving on a street is not a fundamentally new concept. But the things that would normally be easy and familiar by daylight where a little more obscured, a little more jarring. Normally, driving is a background activity that we do while thinking about work or what's for dinner, but the environment was my central focus and there was no tuning it out. There was always this edge of danger, that something would come out at me from a side street I didn't see.

These are some great compositions. Any one part of it is familiar and not far from things we've heard before, but the whole is a different, darker atmosphere.
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