yMusic Releases Andrew Norman’s “Music in Circles” via Pitchfork

New Amsterdam Records is excited to share the Andrew Norman composition “Music In Circles” from acclaimed chamber ensemble yMusic‘s upcoming album Balance Problems, out September 30, 2014 on New Amsterdam. Pitchfork praised the track as “a five-minute static-electricity storm…The strings dance in and out between pure percussive noise and harmonic information in a way that should feel faintly familiar to Sonic Youth fans. At the end, the horsehair of the bows finally makes prolonged contact with the instruments, and the result is a gloriously messy, noisy climax, with muted trumpets and cello singing straight up the center.

yMusic has also announced a string of tour dates with Blake Mills, starting on September 30 at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA and ending on October 9 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA. The group will also join Canadian multi-instrumentalist and Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry onSeptember 12 at the Basilica Soundscape Festival in Hudson, NY. The current list of tour dates is below, with more to be announced soon.


To give audiences a glimpse of what to expect from Balance Problems, yMusic recently released an album trailer. The brief clip depicts the sextet very intently performing a selection from the record, and its attention to small details magnifies the delicate finesse utilized by the performers.


Balance Problems is the sophomore release from yMusic – a group of six New York City instrumentalists (Rob Moose, CJ CamerieriClarice JensenAlex SoppHideaki Aomori, and Nadia Sirota) flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. The much-anticipated follow-up to 2011’s Beautiful Mechanical (Time Out New York‘s #1 Classical Record of the Year) features stunning new compositions from Nico MuhlySufjan StevensAndrew NormanMark DancigersJeremy TurnerMarcos Balter, and Timo Andres, all realized through the ensemble’s striking performances. The record was also produced by Son Lux.

Since their inception in 2008, yMusic has sought to bring a classical chamber music aesthetic to venues outside the traditional concert hall. Their unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators-from Dirty Projectors to My Brightest Diamond-and more recently inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers. With this new release, world-class composition and peerless performances share the center-stage, as the group continues to develop their own intense, nuanced style around a host of new works.Balance Problems operates in a different realm than traditional chamber music. The album’s intricate sonic landscape is heavily impacted by genre-defying luminary Ryan Lott, also known as Son Lux, who, after composing the title track to the group’s debut, was brought on as producer and mixing engineer for Balance Problems. With his diverse background in electronic and experimental music, Lott helped push the project to new heights: the limits of the ensemble’s six acoustic instruments are expanded to create a sonic tapestry of enormous depth and subtlety, all while maintaining the integrity of the musicians’ original performances. What results is a sweeping, full-bodied listen that will entice fans of indie rock, baroque pop, and classical music alike.yMusic’s members have toured and recorded with top artists across genre lines such as Bon Iver,Paul SimonBjorkThe NationalMeredith MonkAntony & the JohnsonsDavid ByrneThe New York Philharmonic and Sufjan Stevens.