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free music friday: portland cello project

fmf_portlandcelloprojectPortland Cello Project
feat. Thao Nguyen

Wears The Trousers likes bands with a difference, and the Portland Cello Project is certainly that. Signed to legendary indie label Kill Rock Stars, the self-dubbed “indie cello orchestra” (or PCP for short) number between 8 and 16 members (depending on the song), and as you may have guessed they all have the same instrument in common. They describe their agenda as a “deep-rooted philosophy of building a stronger music community – a belief that collaboration is the ironic cornerstone of independent musicianship”, which their website’s repertoire page more than attests to. Eclectic and inventive, PCP are very keen on unrehearsed, spontaneous numbers and unusual cover versions. Their impressive list of reinterpretations includes songs by Britney Spears, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Slayer, Kate Bush and Salt N Pepa. And they don’t stop there; popular culture theme songs are also given a makeover, including the soundtracks from the enduringly popular ‘Addams Family’ and video game franchise Final Fantasy.

Keeping in the spirit of their collaborative ethic, the band’s second album features vocal turns from labelmate Thao Nguyen and Portland-based singer-songwriter Justin Power. Preview track ‘Tallymarks’ is one of the four songs sung by Thao – two of which are covers of tracks from last year’s acclaimed Thao with The Get Down Stay Down album We Brave Bee Stings & All – hitting the mark as a beautifully sweeping number, layered with symphonic strings and graced with Thao’s dry, airy vocals. The Thao & Justin Power Sessions is released next week in the US. MP3 after the jump.


The Thao & Justin Power Sessions
01 The Lamb [John Tavener cover]
02 Beat (Health, Life, & Fire) *
03 Cut the Rope +
04 Mouth For War [Pantera cover]
05 Tallymarks *
06 Por Una Cabeza [Carlos Gardel cover]
07 Violet *
08 Hungry Liars +
09 Geography *
10 Seeds May Fall +
11 Turkish Wine [Norfolk & Western cover]
12 Travel +

* feat. Thao Nguyen
+ feat. Justin Power 


FREE MP3: Portland Cello Project feat. Thao Nguyen, ‘Tallymarks’ [via Pitchfork]

visit Portland Cello Project on Myspace


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