5 August 2013
Cycles - Available Now
James McVinnie’s magnificent Cycles is now available for an exclusive pre-release offer through Bedroom Community, a full week before it’s official release on August 12 - purchase here. It is also 'album of the week' over at Q2 where you can stream it in full!
James McVinnie’s Cycles comprises thirteen organ pieces by labelmate and composer Nico Muhly. Performing the pieces in addition to McVinnie are Nadia Sirota, Chris Thompson and Simon Wall.
The symphonic, the acoustic, the sacred, the synthetic: there’s a little of each in every one of these pieces, and sometimes more than a little. Muhly’s Twitchy Organs pairs the organ with viola and percussion, but on this recording, the space is as much of an instrument as the pipes are. It sounds warm and grand and alive; it sounds like an ambient work for reverb-soaked synths; it sounds like a prayer. It is, in fact, all of the above.
Cycles will be streaming exclusively on Q2 from today on for one week - go have a listen!
Also, for those of you in Iceland - or planning on taking a trip - James McVinnie is performing at the Festival of Sacred Arts within the beautiful church of Hallgrímskirkja on the 20th August in Reykjavík.
We don’t have any footage yet of James playing Cycles, but lets take a walk down memory lane and listen to the Blogotheque session he recently did with our very own Nadia Sirota who also has a recent release out by the name of Baroque.
“As one of my favorite composers and all around personalities, I find myself enthralled with most anything Nico Muhly has his talented hands in. And the latest bit of sonically beautiful and thrilling news is fellow Bedroom Community label mate James McVinnie's new project Cycles, an album of stunning organ pieces by Muhly. Taking the composer's schitzophrenic and haunting amalgamation of layered notes and texture, McVinnie breathes life into Cycles with dark intensity. The turbulence of Muhly's compositions feels slightly more delicate and sparkling pouring out of the pipe organ, building and growing to a powerful and stimulating abrupt end. And as is usually the case with Muhly's music, leaves you craving the next note.”
Hillary Weston - BlackBook Magazine
Purchase Cycles here
What the press says
Taking the composer’s schitzophrenic and haunting amalgamation of layered notes and texture, McVinnie breathes life into Cycles with dark intensity. The turbulence of Muhly’s compositions feels slightly more delicate and sparkling pouring out of the pipe organ, building and growing to a powerful and stimulating abrupt end. And as is usually the case with Muhly’s music, leaves you craving the next note.
James Mcvinnie’s playing is cavernous and lifted. the higher notes are like cascading crystals that sparkle in an abundant, musical flourish, but the instrument is also capable of an unrivalled thunderous roar. cycles switches between the two extremes at one point or another, taking in the wide, intervallic range of the instrument, allowing the music to breathe deeply but keeping everything compact and restricted to an upright, almost regal posture.
McVinnie’s feel for the many moods in the cycle is as impressive as his technical command of the organ.
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