Deep Throat Choir: In Order To Know You – album reviewDeep Throat Choir: In Order To Know You
Bella Union
Vinyl | CD | Digital
Out now

A melody-driven second album by Deep Throat Choir gives a lesson on alchemy.

On the cover of the new record by Deep Throat Choir are 11 members of the collective. Saturated in colours, it evokes the palette and images of a Georges Seurat painting. Strikingly, the record is released the next day after the artist’s birthday. Although this is a pure coincidence, the sequence of melody-driven songs provides a synaesthetic experience, conjuring up tiny brushstrokes, dots and lines. These fine art ingredients are translated in the songs into instrumental arrangement, percussion and vocals.

An all-female collective, the choir is impressive when performing a capella or with minimum accompaniment. Their new record is an attempt to take a step further and make the sonic texture more elaborate. Thus, the aural transparency and patches on their metaphorical canvas are filled with delicate sounds of bass, piano, keyboard, violin and percussion.

With its emotional and sensual nature, the music comes across as an alchemical tool. The opening track Alchemilla bears the name of a plant that was believed to be a helpful component in desperate experiments to turn metals into gold. Resembling a fluctuating emotion, resulting from vulnerability, polyphonic melodies transform in their mood from the state of intense yearning to a blissful feeling of contentment. Melodically, these are powerful songs, celebrating a feminine nature with its desire to nurture and love: “It’s a part of me I have no control of”.

Naturally, allusions to kindred female collectives pop up. Hypnotic circular patterns on Unstitching bring to mind the wall-of-sound effect of The Crystals’ records. Some tracks, though, balance feminine and masculine energies. Featuring sultry saxophone, Firefly is a cross between bouncy downtempo of Bonobo and shamanic rhythms of Mulatu Astatke. It summons a mesmerisingly bright world, akin to that on the cover – a sharp contrast to early December days in London, where the choir is based.

In Order To Know You is a gratifying reminder that by channelling an emotion, music is capable of performing an act of transformation. A direct message to cause a stir of molecules at a distance. In order to know one.

In Order To Know You can be ordered on the official website of Bella Union.

More music by Deep Throat Choir on their BandCamp.

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All words by Irina Shtreis. More writing by Irina can be found in her author’s archive.

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