Collaborative LPs always open themselves up to a lot of cynicism. Flooding your tracklisting with one featured name after another could be seen by some as a distraction from your own meritocracy. My own theory is that Kanye West invites just about anyone to collab on a track just to remind everyone how much greater he is by means of comparison.
But Composed, a new orchestral project from one Jherek Bischoff, is a very fluid and natural record. And Bischoff is rather picky when it comes to fellow musicians enlisted, with each famous name seeming fitting to their corresponding track, complimenting the piece perfectly.
With a list of personnel that varies from the likes of Talking Heads’ David Byrne to Parenthetical Girls’ frontman Zac Pennington, it’s something of an eclectic affair that cannot be truly pinned down.
In the composing artist’s own words:
I love the idea of not knowing what I am. I work on music all day everyday and it seems to naturally evolve. If you would have told me that I would have an orchestral record with David Byrne and Caetano Veloso singing on it four years ago, I would have thought you were crazy. I just keep teaching myself new skills and keep moving forward.
Until then, take a listen below: