yMusic Release 'Bladed Stance' Official Video Off 'Balance Problems' on New Amsterdam Records
Directed and shot by Dan Huiting with additional footage by Patrick Pierson, the video features stop motion shots of an Icelandic soundscape. Etheral, mesmerizing and at points hauntingly truthful, the imagery creates a world for the intertwined wind and string instruments to live. A halocenegic rainbow lightning storm breaks way to divinatory clouds and a hastly setting sun. Indeed, thoughts of global warming and the finite vastness of Mother Earth come to mind.
Released Sept. 30 on New Amsterdam Records, Balance Problems features compositions by Classicalite faves Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly and Timo Andres, as well as works by NOW Ensemble guitarist Mark Dancigers, Chicago timbralist Marcos Balter, Andrew Norman and Jeremy Turner. You can stream the full album here on their Bandcamp page.
Produced by Son Lux, the follow-up to 2011's Beautiful Mechanical promises to, yet again, straddle that finest of lines between classical chamber music and the classic pop hook — in fact, check out what string trio Time for Three had to say about Rob Moose, yMusic's de facto leader, on that subject over at our Clite A.V. Club.
Joined by Nadia Sirota, Alex Sopp, C.J. Camerieri, Clarice Jensen and Hideaki Aomori, consider Moose and Co. at the vanguard of today's "indie classical" scene ... whatever that still means nowadays.
Below is the running order for Balance Problems:
1. Balance Problems [Nico Muhly]
2. Bladed Stance [Marcos Balter]
3. Music in Circles (Part 1) [Andrew Norman]
4. Music in Circles (Part 2) [Andrew Norman]
5. The Bear & The Squirrel [Jeremy Turner]
6. Safe Travels [Timo Andres]
7. Everness [Mark Dancigers]
8. Salvator Mundi [Sufjan Stevens]