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- The Cults Percussion Ensemble by The Cults Percussion Ensemble
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Although it sounds somewhat sinister, Cults Percussion Ensemble are in fact named after the Aberdeen suburb of Cults where they were formed by percussion teacher Ron Forbes to “provide an outlet for my percussion pupils to play music specially written for them”, with such success that this group of schoolgirls - average age 14 and notably featuring a 14-year-old Evelyn Glennie - were soon playing internationally and in 1979 recorded this, their only LP.It’s astonishing to think that this is the work of mere children when you hear the swirling, chiming layers of rhythm and melody that these 11 girls conjured up, transporting you into a shimmering, celestial and decidedly Christmassy, sometimes bringing to mind old cartoon music, but also recalling minimal composers of the time such as Moondog or Philip Glass. It’s sometimes spooky, sometimes upbeat, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, but always incredibly slickly performed and impeccably arranged and completely beguiling. Thoroughly recommended.
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