HWY-027 Composed by Jherek Bischoff (CD version)
Composed is a meticulously arranged, multi-tracked album of nine orchestral pieces which features a different guest vocalist on almost every track, including luminaries David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Mirah, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, Geraldine Fibbers), Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Dawn McCarthy (Faun Fables), Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls), Soko and more. Avant ringers like Deerhoof's Greg Saunier and Wilco's Nels Cline provide instrumental solos.
Vinyl fanatics: For a limited time we will include a copy of Jherek's Record Store Day 7" vinyl single for an extra $3. Note that it features two tracks that appear on the album, "Young & Lovely" (featuring Zac Pennington & Soko) b/w "Eyes" (Jherek Bischoff & David Byrne). There are only 1,000 of these available worldwide so buy this for the collectibility not for extra musical offerings.
If instant gratification is more your speed you can stream a track from the album right here:
And now for the album's very excellent music video.
1. Introduction (Defeat)
2. Eyes (Jherek Bischoff & David Byrne)
3. The Secret Of The Machines (with Caetano Veloso & Greg Saunier)
4. The Nest (with Mirah Zeitlyn & Paris Hurley)
5. Blossom (Jherek Bischoff with Nels Cline)
6. Your Ghost (with Craig Wedren)
7. Counting (with Carla Bozulich)
8. Young And Lovely (with Zac Pennington & Soko)
9. Insomnia, Death And The Sea (with Dawn McCarthy)
"Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Jherek Bischoff is the missing link between the sombre undertones of Ennio Morricone and the unpredictability of John Cale" -- NME
Seattle-based Jherek Bischoff is equal parts songwriter, producer, performer and composer. He has also been called a “pop polymath” (The New York Times), a “Seattle phenom” (The New Yorker), and “the missing link between the sombre undertones of Ennio Morricone and the unpredictability of John Cale" (NME), but no need to get too braggy: This music speaks for itself. He also collaborates instinctively and trusts himself to be his own best teacher. Indeed, all this music-making has largely been self-taught.
DIY in the purest sense, Jherek's approach was illuminated by a desire to shake up the business-as-usual routine of being an independent rock musician. Jherek first composed the album on a ukulele. Next he produced, engineered, and mastered the album, resolving to achieve an orchestral sound without the orchestral cost by recording the music one instrument at a time using just one mic and a laptop.
“I recorded each individual musician of the ‘orchestra’ in their own living rooms,” says Bischoff, “And then I layered each instrument - sometimes one violinist playing one part twenty times - until it was the size of a huge orchestra. I spent the summer riding my bike from house to house recording each musician. I finished the album by taking a road trip to record all the singers in person, except for Caetano Veloso and David Byrne, who recorded their own parts at home.”The result bares traces of his past playing in DIY bands, his desire to make great pop music, and a love affair with the potential of the orchestra, all informed by his deep familiarity of a catalog of compositional ideas & technique. David Byrne collaborates on "Eyes", as sumptuous a slice of meta-pop as anything he has produced in years, while Parenthetical Girls' Zac Pennington and French singer/actor Soko duet on the buoyant "Young And Lovely". Brazilian Tropicalismo legend Caetano Veloso guests on "The Secret Of The Machines" singing lyrics adapted from a Rudyard Kipling poem, and each of the other guests leave their own unique print on Jherek's remarkable whole. It took years. It was worth it. (With Jherek, it always is.)