Constellation

A Troop of Echoes

Constellation
Performed By A Troop of Echoes
Album UPC 889211513895
CD Baby Track ID TR0001450488
Label A Troop of Echoes
Released 2015-05-19
BPM 127
Rated 0
ISRC USB5F1400006
Year 2015
Spotify Plays 1,139
Writers
Writer Peter Gilli
Pub Co Do You Know The Music
Composer Peter Gilli
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing Grant
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Pub Grant
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - Rhode Island

Description

"A Troop of Echoes uses unique characteristics of each instrument - guitar, saxophone, bass and drums - the same way that a masterful director uses angles, lighting, editing, etc., to convey complex details of story and emotion." - Dave Clifford (Us/Them)

Notes

A Troop of Echoes has a stunning ability to encompass multiple moods within a single song - at times simultaneously sounding both soothing and unsettling; other times both wistful and hopeful. In that, their sound is truly cinematic. Not “cinematic” in the banal manner used to describe expansive music that’s ultimately sonic wallpaper, but in that A Troop of Echoes uses unique characteristics of each instrument - guitar, saxophone, bass and drums - the same way that a masterful director uses angles, lighting, editing, etc., to convey complex details of story and emotion.

The evocative melodic work of Troop saxophonist Peter Gilli often interweaves with the chiming and textural feel to guitarist Nick Cooper’s parts as the two often create a swirling tug and sway driven by bassist Harrison Hartley’s chordal riffs and drummer Dan Moriarty’s symphonic approach to the rhythms. The quartet’s emphasis is on the journey and the impact, like the best moments of The Dirty Three wherein their deft musicianship never upstages the song’s emotional weight. Throughout the quartet’s forthcoming sophomore full length The Longest Year on Record, the music is marvelously engaging in its clever melodies, yet also loaded with innovative ideas.

A Troop of Echoes formed in 2004 amongst Providence’s fertile underground music scene, early on distilling the noise and math-rock tendencies of Lightning Bolt and Battles, combined with the chaotic free-improvisatory energy of late-era Coltrane. As Gilli, Cooper, and Hartley studied music at the University of Rhode Island, Moriarty ran a DIY music space while completing his degree in astrophysics at the University of Massachusetts. Marrying quirky harmonies with frenetic energy, their punchy and acrobatic 2009 debut Days in Automation set the ground for what was to come.

Writing for The Longest Year on Record came to focus on space, both physically and compositionally. Cooper and Moriarty moved into a massive studio loft on Providence’s South Side in 2013, inspiring the use of more understated sonics. Troop began working with a wider palate of instrumentation, including strings, horns, vibraphone, vocals, and a drum team. The Longest Year on Record was tracked almost exclusively in the band’s new practice space by longtime friend Graham Mellor, mixed by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Pelican) at The Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn, and mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago. Like Troop’s beautifully honed songs, the album production is impeccable in its use of space and blending or contrasting elements.


A Troop of Echoes is:
Peter Gilli: alto/tenor/soprano saxophones, clarinet, piano
Harrison Hartley: bass guitar, upright bass
Nick Cooper: guitar
Dan Moriarty: drums, vibraphone, glockenspiel

Strings (Constellation and Kerosene):
Christina Stavrakas, Annie Legace,
Marc Hennessey - violin
Emily Johnston, Maria Bilyeu - cello
Justin H. Brierley - electronics,
“Justifications on the Mitt Romney thing”

Horns (Arecibo, Kerosene, Broadway Ghost):
Doug Woolverton - trumpet
Chris Gagnon - alto sax
Molly Hammell - baritone sax

Vocals (The Longest Year on Record):
Astrid Drew
Jen Long
Rebecca Cunha

The Longest Year on Record Drum Team:
Dan Moriarty - conductor emeritus, Good Ole Tom
Peter Scartabello - arranging, dramatic floor tom
Nick Cooper - five-star floor tom
Calla Mattox - contrabass drum
Graham Mellor - red tom
Peter Gilli - rack tom #2
Dave McNally - righteous floor tom
Rebekah Lobosco - coloratura floor tom
Harrison Hartley - bad floor tom #1
Joe Hartley - small bad tom, server space
Bob Fish - dumbek, encouragement
Robbie Preliasco - first alto bass drum
Caleb Gardner - The Scott Cressi Memorial Floor Tom

Recorded by Graham Mellor at our practice space in Providence, RI.
Mixed by Andrew Schneider at The Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn, NY.
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago, IL.
Photography by Freddie Ross.

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