Monday, December 20, 2021

Jeff's Best of 2021 - #2: Attacca Quartet - Real Life

I never expected a modern classical record to reach my top ten, never mind my top three, but here we are.

A year ago, I didn't even know Attacca Quartet existed. Then came Real Life, which is their "debut album" of new material that not only pushes through the boundaries of what you might think modern classical can do, but reshapes them along the way. They have traditionally been informed by electronica and synthesized drum beats, and this record leans into that a lot, up to and including enlisting a number of electronic/experimental artists to jump in on a few songs. It all works.

The music from this stayed lodged in my head all fall, and I'm so glad I tripped up on Real Life. It's an unexpected surprise and just an incredible achievement, and I can't wait to hear what they come up with next.

Songs of note: "Electric Pow Wow Drum," "Real Life," "Remind U," "Xetaka 1"

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