Press Round-Up: Roomful of Teeth’s Debut Album

The adventurous and renowned vocal octet Roomful of Teeth released their debut self-titled album in October 2012, and have already received a significant amount of press coverage praising their debut album.

Jayson Greene of Pitchfork called the album “exhilarating,” stating that “it will send an unnameable thrill down your spine,” while the album was also named an eMusic Pick by John Schaefer, awarding the album 5 stars and praise for it’s “richly-textured sound that uses a seemingly endless palette of vocal techniques.” In addition, John Schaefer named composer Caroline Shaw’s Passacaglia, which is included on the album, as one of his 10 Favorite Songs of 2012 for Soundcheck WYNC.

The album has also recently been featured on NPR’s Deceptive Cadence, where Merrill Garbus’ Quizzassa can be heard. In addition, it has been featured as album of the week on WQXR’s Q2, where the full album can be streamed for free.

Roomful of Teeth’s debut album features seven composers who each incorporate the ensemble’spolystylistic virtuosity in unique ways. From Rinde Eckert’s neo-alpine yodel “Cesca’s View” to Caleb Burhans’s post-minimalist take on bel canto singing in “No”, the album breathes fresh life into the a cappella landscape. One of this generation’s most dynamic vocal talents, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, contributes two stunning compositions. Garbus’s tunes find a range of world-inspired grooves, from African pygmy yodels, Inuit rhythmic pulsing, and Appalachian hymn tunes to bracing eastern European belting, all filtered throughher powerful compositional voice. Composer-to watch Caroline Shaw uses her insider vantage as a Roomful of Teeth vocalist to create four sonically exquisite and emotionally charged journeys through the ensemble’s soundworld. New Amsterdam co-directors Judd GreensteinSarah Kirkland Snider, and William Brittelle each contribute debut pieces highlighting Roomful’s blazingly unique skill set.

For more info on the album, check it out here at New Amsterdam Records.