"...close-harmonies that melt the heart...” (Richard Morrison, The Times)
Following their critically acclaimed debut album Songspin the Juice Vocal Ensemble release their eagerly awaited second album on the Nonclassical label.
"The all female vocal trio, Juice, are something special....these three are feisty and will take on anything....the variety and virtuosity are astonishing, and rewarding" Ivan Hewett (BBC Music Magazine)
“quirky, wry and virtuosically genre-hopping” (The Times)
“It’s rare that an album hits our desks here at So So Gay that turns out to be literally flawless…this album goes beyond simple harmonisation, packing a killer punch with its breadth and depth.” (Sosogay)
"trawls the post-postmodern condition in search of fresh things to say about an eternal subject. Its contents, deal with strong emotions, digging beneath than the self-interested surface of sexual passion to reveal parts of the psyche usually clothed in darkness.” (Sinfini.com)
"...amazing razor-sharp tuning and purity of tone...they held their audience spellbound" (Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph)
Laid Bare: Love Songs is a set of specially commissioned love songs from diverse composers from the worlds of classical, jazz, folk and avant-pop integrated and juxtaposed with a series of covers and adaptations of classic love songs including Rihanna’s 'Only Girl In The World', Erasure's 'A Little Respect' and 'You Don't Love Me (No No No)’ by Dawn Penn.
Commissioned composers include Gavin Bryars, Errollyn Wallen, Anna Meredith, Mica Levi (Micachu and the Shapes), Jim Moray (award-winning folk artist), Phillip Neil Martin and Dai Fujikura. For the covers and adaptations of the classic love songs Juice Vocal Ensemble collaborated with MaJiKer, producer and co-writer of the French avant-pop sensation Camille.
The album also includes remixes by acclaimed producers including Devil Dandy (Quebec based sound designer and composer), THiMK (British composer specialising in film, videogames, modern dance and theatre ), Broken Hours (based in Portland, Oregon and presenting the album with an beautiful ambient remix) and Clay Gold (author, librettist, sound artist, audio engineer and compulsive field recordist).
Laid Bare: 10 Love Songs was commissioned with the financial support of the Arts Council England, the PRS Foundation for New Music (PRSF), and the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.
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