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|3 Leg Torso|
3 Leg Torso
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock
From a bare-bones description, 3 Leg Torso don't sound like they'd be much fun to listen to: a violinist, cellist, and accordionist, with some occasional guest percussion, mixing up Eastern European and modern chamber-musi... more »
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From a bare-bones description, 3 Leg Torso don't sound like they'd be much fun to listen to: a violinist, cellist, and accordionist, with some occasional guest percussion, mixing up Eastern European and modern chamber-music influences--all the while remaining open for the occasional bit of improvisation. So it's a wonderful surprise that their debut album does work. Here's why: by keeping their songs short, they remain playful and inviting, never pushing a piece too far; the three musicians--Bela Belogh, Gabe Leavitt, and Courtney Von Drehle--audibly enjoy playing together rather than as a trio of soloists; and the songs tell stories--close your eyes, and you'll see the silent movies that the compositions go with. Though not as fully polished as those by some other ensembles, this album should be rewarding for fans of the Kronos Quartet and Rachel's. --Randy Silver
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