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December 18, 2010

Electronic, a cappella Radiohead? Sonos goes there

The Seattle Times (WA):

In the credits for "Sonosings," the debut CD by Los Angeles-based a cappella group Sonos, the following disclaimer is made: "No instruments were harmed, or even touched, in the making of this album."

Instruments, no — but electronics, yes.

In both their recordings and in concert, this gifted vocal sextet uses "fun gadgets" that include a loop station, delay pedal, phase shifter and other sound-bending devices.

Result: The group's albums are intricate headphone treats, filled with striking detail and sometimes spooky touches, while their concerts are —

Well, I can't tell you that, because I haven't heard them live. But when they come to Fremont Abbey Arts Center on Saturday, Seattle audiences will have a chance to hear how well their voices blend with their technological trickery in concert.

The six members of Sonos come from music-study backgrounds ranging from jazz to opera to musical theater, and their taste in songs is even more diverse than that suggests. As they say on their website (www.sonosings.com), they seek out "songs that [are] not obvious choices for all-vocal adaptations." Read more.

Posted by acapnews at December 18, 2010 12:00 AM


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