- Release Date 2015-11-30
- Label Nonclassical
- Catalog NONCLSS012
Described as "the 21st century's answer to the Swingles or King's Singers" (The Times), juice are emerging as the face of a revitalised and experimental scene for vocal music. Fresh from shows in New York, Austin's SXSW Festival, and London's Roundhouse, the trio are making their much anticipated recorded debut with the astounding Songspin, a collection of songs that's both elegant and startling, soothing and bracing. Running a broad scope from folk songs to avant-garde miniatures, the album's common thread is the crystal-clear vocals of three prodigious singers.
Juice have appeared on BBC Radio 3 (Hear And Now and The Choir) and Radio 4 Woman's Hour), and performed live to critical acclaim at Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room as well as for innovative multimedia events at the BFI and London College of Fashion. Drawing on everything from British and American folk traditions to Japanese drum ?n' bass, and influenced by the likes of Bjork, Berio and Meredith Monk, they execute everything with stunning, classically trained precision.
Many of these works have already caught the attention of critics in live performances. 'Cruel Mother' (written by the group's Sarah Dacey) "was vividly doom-laden in mood and musically ingenious" (The Telegraph). In the same review, Elisabeth Lutyens' 'Of the Snow' (a premiere recording for this CD) is described as "an amazing sustained piece of
Meanwhile, ''luna-cy' has been noted for its "brilliant, Beriolike vocal effects", and its composer, the group's own Kerry Andrew, was recently hailed by The Observer's Fiona
Maddocks as one of the UK's brightest young composers.
Other highlights include Paul Robinson's spikily virtuosic musical riddle, Morag Galloway's dream-like gem, and two quietly menacing songs about the doldrums of modern life by Gabriel Prokofiev.
The second half of the album is devoted to remixes that rework juice's vocals into a breathtaking array of sonic sculptures, including a gloriously glitchy beat collage courtesy of Camille's acclaimed producer MajiKer (who has also remixed Nico Muhly and Fever Ray), and a darkly ambient, groove-based gem from Bjork collaborator Mikhail Karikis.