Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry brings biological music to life
The Richard Reed Parry releasing this album of biologically inspired classical music, is, of course, the same Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire. The idea behind his full debut is to have performers involved, who include Nico Muhly, The National’s Dessner twins, yMusic and Kronos Quartet, who play wearing stethoscopes so they keep in time not with the conductor but their own pulse and breathing rate. An interesting idea, for sure, but such contrivances don’t always make for enjoyable listening. In this case even when the music, arranged for various duets, quartets and sextets is falling out of sync – perhaps especially when it is – it’s a success, the influence of the body on the music making it sound positively alive.