Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Building on the group's eclectically powerful, Grammy Award-winning 2012 release, Render contains works that have already thrilled listeners and critics. The album pulls at intricate subtleties with a patient, artistic breadth, at the same time displaying the athletic virtuosity of the group's members. On Roomful of Teeth's recent Tiny Desk Concert, NPR said about Brad Wells's Otherwise, "the agility of the voices and multicolored blend they achieve are extraordinary." Music journal I Care If You Listen calls Wells's second composition on the album, Render, "objectively and subjectively gorgeous."
Audio Mixer: Jesse Lewis .
Liner Note Authors: Wally Gunn; Missy Mazzoli; Brad Wells; Eric Dudley; William Brittelle; Caleb Burhans.
Recording information: Systems Two Recording Studio, Brooklyn, New York (2014-08-14_2014-08-16&2014-).
Editor: Jesse Lewis .
After winning a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their diverse self-titled debut, virtuosic a cappella octet Roomful of Teeth returned with an equally ambitious sophomore release, Render. Released by New Amsterdam Records in the spring of 2015, it features varied works by William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans, Wally Gunn, Missy Mazzoli, and their own Eric Dudley and Brad Wells. Gunn's three-part The Ascendant, which is spread across the track list, features percussion accompaniment by Jason Treuting of the experimental ensemble So Percussion. A standout on an album of striking performances, Mazzoli's "Vesper Sparrow" features bird call-like runs and Sardinian overtone singing-inspired voicing.