Song of the Week: “Quizassa” by Roomful of Teeth

I hear Roomful of Teeth, where wails from an arid, frozen, or ancient earth blend with highly cultivated homophony, and discover my singerly skill-set seriously lacking. This octet narrows the cultural divide via delicate noise-making muscles by incorporating elements of Inuit and Tuvan throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Alpine yodeling, and western pop and classical techniques. This is sexy ethnomusicology sharing the stage with the indie-pop likes of Glasser and, for this week’s song, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs. “Quizassa” opens with women in edgy chordal gibberish; a mantra that breaks, gasping, into bass drones and a dervish of vocal volleying that builds and spins increasingly faster without ever losing its cool. Teeth’s self-titled debut album was released October 30th via New Amsterdam Records and is available on iTunes.

-Tynan Davis

Tynan Davis would like you to know that she is not a writer, but people keep asking her to do it. This mezzo-soprano sings opera and musical theater wherever people let her and sometimes where they don’t. One time, a lovely man at The New York Times called her “a marvel” and a “stylish singer.” She mostly lives in NYC. Follow her on Twitter: @katherinetynan

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