A few years ago, garbage picker Cola teamed up with local musician Favio Chavez to cobble together instruments out of trash for some Paraguayan kids living in their slum. That’s violins and cellos from oil drums, flutes from water pipes and spoons and guitars from packing crates. The Landfill Harmonic — you have to love [...]
Andrew Wyatt (from Miike Snow) enlisted the entire Prague Philharmonic Orchestra for his new album. It’s amazing. It feels vintage and cinematic, yet new and fresh all at once. The album, Descender, won’t be released until April 30 in the States, but in the meantime, you can stream the full saga in all its glory here.
This looks like it could be a brilliant piece of television. Too often documentaries filmed in the developing world have a depressing air, but this one about an orchestra formed from the scraps of a Paraguayan rubbish dump is the right remedy.
Submotion Orchestra’s jazz tinged electronica has never sounded as refreshing as on the septet’s most recent offering, Fragments. Featuring a lineup of accomplished musicians, Ruby Wood’s soulful vocals interlaced with dreamy instrumental passages, flecked with dub, make for compelling listening.