Muhly, Nico / Mother Tongue
Album: Mother Tongue   Collection:General
Artist:Muhly, Nico   Added:Aug 2008

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-08-24 Pull Date: 2008-10-26 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Oct 19 Oct 12 Oct 5 Sep 28 Sep 21 Sep 14 Sep 7 Aug 31
Airplays: 1 1 1 4 2 2 2 5

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 30, 2023: Music Casserole
Wonders Pt. 1:New Things & New Tidings
4. Nov 25, 2010: Killer Yellow Blue
The Only Tune Pt. 3: The Only Tune, The Only Tune Pt. 2: The Old Mill Pond, The Only Tune Pt. 1: The Two Sisters
2. Jul 27, 2011: Killer Brown
The Only Tune Pt. 1: The Two Sisters
5. Aug 07, 2010: Music Casserole
Wonders Pt. 2: The Devil Appear'd In The Shape Of A Man
3. Apr 23, 2011: Killer Yellow
The Only Tune Pt. 1: The Two Sisters
6. Jun 10, 2010: The Value Machine
Mothertongue Pt. 3: Hress

Album Review
Soy Ricardo
Reviewed 2008-08-14
Accessible contemporary classical focusing on the human voice. Muhly is a young composer taking strong cues from Steve Reich, John Adams, but he also encorporates elements from the snooty, Bjorky, atmospheric electronica side of pop like found sounds from his kitchen...the strong fart of academia leaves its stench. That said, a shimmery, twinkly timbre inhabits most of the pieces; there are some kind, ethereal moments here. In addition, there are a few very special moments where Muhly's arrangements, and harmonic movements are really great and well worth the listen. He has a special way of letting strong, pleasant harmonies emerge unexpectedly from dissonant moments. FCC clean. Picks - 4,6,3,5

Tracks 1-4
1-5:50) Vocal and string Steve Reich with crunchy synth bass. A gentle start.
2-4:18) Slow soothing vocal pitter patter with nice jazzy chord progressions on piano. Chimey towards end.
3-3:53) Field recordings out of which emerges a pleasant bubbling, chimey vocal Reich pattern. The synth bass enters 3/4 through to increase strength. Ends with a dark tinge bleeding into 4.
4-4:44) More electronic. Very dramatic. Heavily produced to good, otherworldly effect. Lots of wavering synths, strings, and a strange voice reading off numbers. Last 15 sec. silence.

Tracks 5-7
5-5:56)These tracks form a strange story/song sung over harpsichord, fervory trombone. Difficult harmonies. 5 & 6 end in great fashion where the parts coelesce into a gorgeous english style chorale. The end of 6 is especially fun to segue out of....Soy Ricardo humbly suggests Eartha Kitt "Bridges of Paris".

Tracks 8-10
Manipulated easy listening NPR folk.
8-4:30) Similar, more modest electronic feel as in 4. Banjo and folk singer. Voice manipulations.
9-6:24) Same vocal sample much slower. More of a holler sound.
10-4:47) Same vocal line, but gentle, soft bedroom picking. Earnest. Quiet chimes, synths and breathing sounds.

Track Listing
1. Mothertongue Pt. 1: Archive   6. Wonders Pt. 2: The Devil Appear'd In The Shape Of A Man
2. Mothertongue Pt. 2: Shower   7. Wonders Pt. 3: A Complaint Against Thomas Weelkes
3. Mothertongue Pt. 3: Hress   8. The Only Tune Pt. 1: The Two Sisters
4. Mothertongue Pt. 4: Monster   9. The Only Tune Pt. 2: The Old Mill Pond
5. Wonders Pt. 1:New Things & New Tidings   10. The Only Tune Pt. 3: The Only Tune