Victoire to release debut album Cathedral City September 28th on New Amsterdam Records (ft. Bryce Dessner of The National and more)
All-female chamber-rock quintet Victoire will release their debut album Cathedral City September 28th on New Amsterdam Records. The album is the follow up to their critically-acclaimed EP A Door into the Dark, which was handpicked for release last spring through eMusic’s exclusive “Selects” series. City was written by Victoire founder/composer/performer Missy Mazzoli and features guest appearances from Bryce Dessner of The National, composer/bassist Florent Ghys, composer/performer William Brittelle and versatile vocalist Mellissa Hughes.
Mazzoli founded Victoire in 2007 and the ensemble of Brooklyn-based, classically-trained women has proven to be the perfect vehicle for her distinctive blend of post-rock dreamscapes and quirky minimalism. Deemed “one of the most surprising composers now working in New York” by The New York Times and “Brooklyn’s Post-Millennial Mozart” by Time Out New York, Missy fuses lo-fi electronics, keyboards, strings and winds into works that are extraordinarily complex yet delicately beautiful.
With each listen, Cathedral City’s enigmatic mix of both the unexpected and familiar reveals itself differently and with new emotion. The album opens with gentle keyboards pulsing against sweetly soaring clarinet and strings, downward double bass slides and heady moments of discord on “A Door into the Dark.” Later, angelic vocals (Mellissa Hughes) float over dance floor-ready beats on title track “Cathedral City,” and Bryce Dessner provides rich electric guitar to “A Song for Mick Kelly.” On “A Song for Arthur Russell,” vocal loops (William Brittelle) and syncopated rhythm hold steady as each instrument winds and shifts with casual surprise, while closer “India Whiskey” melds tape, string harmonics and organ to stirring effect. Download a free MP3 of opening track “A Door into the Dark” HERE.
Victoire is Missy Mazzoli (compositions, keyboards, piano, melodica, toys), Olivia De Prato (violin), Lorna Krier (keyboards), Eileen Mack (clarinet), and Eleonore Oppenheim (double bass, electric bass). The group has shared stages with the likes of Tortoise, Twi The Humble Feather and Bing and Ruth in addition to performing at the Bang on a Can Marathon and the Whitney Museum. They will tour behind the release this summer and fall (dates below).
“So good… a pleasingly accessible entree into the world of modern pseudo-classical music. ” – Pitchfork
“Consuming and arresting” – WNYC
Cathedral City Tracklisting:
1. A Door into the Dark
2. i am coming for my things
3. Cathedral City
4. Like a Miracle
5. The Diver
6. A Song for Mick Kelly
7. A Song for Arthur Russell
8. India Whiskey
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08/09/10 Chicago, IL @ Millennium Park
08/10/10 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
08/11/10 Detroit, MI @ Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID)
09/11/10 Montclair, NJ @ Montclair State University
10/02/10 New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub (Record Release Party)
10/09/10 Hartford, CT @ Real Art Ways
10/15/10 Baltimore, MD @ An Die Musik
11/04/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Smack Mellon Gallery
05/14/11 Washington, DC @ Library of Congress