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Everybody's Pain Is Magnificent / Burhans, McMurray, Itsnotyouitsme

Album Summary

>itsnotyouitsme : The Snake of Forever
>itsnotyouitsme : The Fate of the World Rests in the Hands of a Tiny Animal
>itsnotyouitsme : Old Friends, Lost Relatives
>itsnotyouitsme : Gardens of Loss
>itsnotyouitsme : It Might Be Time to Leave This Place and Go Mingle with Our Heroes
>itsnotyouitsme : Words We Weren't Allowed to Say
>itsnotyouitsme : Little Wish, for voice & ensemble
>itsnotyouitsme : Mammoth Super Column to the Towers Of
>itsnotyouitsme : The Ghosts Among Us
>itsnotyouitsme : Will the Water Save Us Now?
>itsnotyouitsme : Glowing Embers, Pillared Palaces
>itsnotyouitsme : Bluebird (In My Heart)
>itsnotyouitsme : I Will Watch the Sky Until the End of My Time
>itsnotyouitsme : And This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
>itsnotyouitsme : Always Look Up (Always Look Up)
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Notes & Reviews:

itsnotyouitsme consists of two prolific, highly regarded New York musicians: violinist/composer Caleb Burhans and guitarist Grey McMurray, each of whom has an extensive musical output in a variety of ensembles and musical idioms. They formed the ensemble itsnotyouitsme in 2003, fusing and distilling their eclectic mutual inspirations, including the likes of J.S. Bach, Brian Eno, and Pink Floyd. Since its inception, the duo has carved out a unique niche at the intersection of chamber music, jazz, and post-rock musical scenes with their breathtaking, genre-defying instrumental soundscapes.

Notes & Reviews:

New York-based duo itsnotyouitsme focuses on making electroacoustic ambient music. Caleb Burhans and Grey McMurray met when they were students at the Eastman School of Music and went on to found itsnotyouitsme in Harlem in 2003. The group's 2011 album, Everybody's Pain is Magnificent, is its third release on New Amsterdam Records. Burhans plays electric violin, casio-sk-1, and resonator guitar; McMurray plays electric and acoustic guitars, and oud, and both contribute effects and vocals. The group's sound is heavily processed and sometimes densely complex in the variety of textures that are overlaid, but the music itself is directly communicative. Most of the pieces are slowly evolving, mysterious soundscapes that are atmospheric and elegiac in tone. The composers' musical sophistication comes through in the detailed attention to the development of each piece. Even though tape-looping and ostinato patterns are integral to many of the pieces, some elements are always in a state of flux, creating a constantly engaging musical fabric and demonstrating keen musical intelligence and sensitivity. The tracks have terrific, evocative, thought-provoking titles; finding just the right title for a piece is an art in itself. The two-CD set includes 15 tracks ranging in length from a minute and a half to 12 minutes. It's generally the longer tracks, which give the listener a chance to really settle in, that have the greatest emotional resonance, although the lovely, brief i will watch the sky until the end of my time makes a powerful impact in a short span. The album should be of strong interest to fans of techno-ambient music. ~ Stephen Eddins



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Works Details

>itsnotyouitsme : The Snake of Forever
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : The Fate of the World Rests in the Hands of a Tiny Animal
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : Old Friends, Lost Relatives
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : Gardens of Loss
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 11 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : It Might Be Time to Leave This Place and Go Mingle with Our Heroes
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : Words We Weren't Allowed to Say
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : Little Wish, for voice & ensemble
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : Mammoth Super Column to the Towers Of
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : The Ghosts Among Us
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : Will the Water Save Us Now?
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : Glowing Embers, Pillared Palaces
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : Bluebird (In My Heart)
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : I Will Watch the Sky Until the End of My Time
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : And This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>itsnotyouitsme : Always Look Up (Always Look Up)
  • Performer: itsnotyouitsme
  • Ensemble: itsnotyouitsme
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary