Orchestral music in the realm of “popular” offerings is virtually non-existent today. If an artist wishes to produce music to appeal to a wide audience the conventional wisdom is a traditional rock model of bass, drums and guitars and keyboards. But not all artists are wired that way. Some artists are more serious about their musical accomplishments than others. A group out of London, the brain child of Emil Scyhren, is a classically trained, eighteen piece orchestra whose style is a hybrid of orchestral music fused with rock riffs and urban beats. The group is called Glitched Orchestrals. The eighteen piece orchestra is complimented by Scyhren on his Yamaha digital piano, Stefan Magnus on guitar, Binky Bentley on drums and Susu Kawasaki on bass.
On paper, this band would seem to be a little too “highbrow” for most rock fans and any group of this make up would really have to transcend the perception of an orchestra to survive in the rock realm. Glitched Orchestrals is the real deal. Each track on their new album called “Dances With Whales” creates a mood that fans of any genre of music will appreciate and enjoy. The album was inspired by the underwater photography of Shawn Heinrichs and is a celebration of, and an ode to the beauty of life and mythology of the largest creatures on the planet.
The songs on “Dances With Whales” are a triumph of the marriage of electronic music with a modern rock sensibility. I imagine this falls under the heading of experimental music but casual listeners will not perceive it as experimental. There are ample melodies to relate to and familiar beats to groove to on this album worthy of inclusion in your library. Dances With Whales is available at your favorite online retailer and you can stream it on their website.
Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.