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Friday, January 9, 2009

CD Review - Zoë Keating, One Cello x 16: Natoma

This was a gift from the wonderful Dr. Vince. He had heard about her on WNYC's Radio Lab. Zoë is a cellist who has integrated looping and electronic effects into her live performance. It's truly interesting music: a mashup of classical and new age and even alt rock with a sense of psychedelia in parts. I'm familiar with looping as a listener (think Keller Williams, et al.) and as a performer and she really has a unique sound. The whole CD is standout, but Legions (War) and Tetrishead are my favorite tracks. Her story is interesting, but even if you ignore that and don't know anything about the cool technical aspect of the looping, it's still compelling music.

Pairs nicely with Belgian Abbey style beer, a nice fire, sunset.

Thanks again Vince!


  1. Glad you liked it. The Catholic in me wants to confess that I also gifted this CD to The Chad, and he was greatly pleased.

    BTW, is it a weird bit of synchronicity that I wrote about Elephantmen on my blog today and 'paired' it with an IPA? Or just a coincidence?


  2. The beer moves in mysterious ways. That's all I can say;-)

    Confession is good for the soul, but no sin was committed (at least relative to this.