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All Boy/All Girl debut immaculate live performance of latest single "Andrea Amati"

27 October 2015, 10:45 | Written by Michael McAndrew

Rising NYC septet All Boy/All Girl celebrate the release of their new single “Andrea Amati” with a live performance video, premiering today.

All Boy/All Girl thrive on complexity, crafting carefully orchestrated pop songs that blend the lush arrangements of like-minded outfits such as Typhoon and Mother Falcon with the operatic lyrical storytelling of Coheed and Cambria or The Decemberists.

The live video captured here, recorded at New York’s famed Mercury Lounge, is a perfect example of the band’s “a place for everything, and everything in its place” ethos; each member knows their role, building on the others without distracting from the intricacies that make “Andrea Amati” one of their finest works to date.

Nicholas Rahn, double bass player and primary songwriter says of the performance: "The story of Andrea Amati (the luthier credited with building the first modern violin) was of real interest to me, as I am an instrument builder myself, and an admirer of the old-world craftsmanship employed by Amati and his peers.

"I was inspired by the ingenuity of the processes they invented and endured, and so I wrote the song to tell their story. The song was recorded using some of my own instruments, including Danielle's electric Ukulele, which is seen in this performance.

"This song was written in 2013 but we almost never play it live, so this video captures a pretty rare occurrence. As we geared up for the release of the song and interactive site, I came to realize that collectively, it's the band's favorite song to play and it took on new significance at Mercury Lounge that night.”

Luckily for us, the band is signed to a label (Grind Select) that revels in complexity alongside them. The single has been released with an accompanying interactive website that “aims to capture the emotional tone of the song by placing listeners in the world of Andrea Amati, the Renaissance-era inventor of the violin” by providing an amalgamation of canvases to study while listening along.

The website is the latest in a line of interactive projects from Grind Select—including Type Drummer and the GIFs for Gifts project we highlighted earlier this year—that encourage listeners to spend time with each release. Spend some time with the video below, and make sure to check out the interactive website.

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