AMN Reviews: Dina Maccabee – Tethered Music (2017; Minus Zero)

Minus Zero is a new label started by Vijay Anderson, Ben Goldberg, and Dina Maccabee. All of the proceeds from album sales are donated to Planned Parenthood. This is a review in an ongoing series covering the label’s releases.

Written for choreographed dance, Tethered Music is a four-track EP featuring Dina Maccabee on violin, viola, and vocals, with Jessica Ivry on cello. The pieces fall somewhere between folk and classical, with slight avant-garde twinges. Maccabbee makes heavy use of plucking in additional to contrapuntal bowed motifs. Only one track contains vocals, overdubbed into a duet, with Maccabee’s delivery resembling that of Bent Knee vocalist Courtney Swain. Perhaps the most interesting offering is the final track and its layered string drone. But at only one-and-a-half minutes, it is gone far too soon.

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