THE LANGLEY SCHOOLS MUSIC PROJECT
Innocence & Despair
The Langley Schools Music Project is a 60-voice chorus of rural school children from western Canada, untrained but captivated by melodic magic, singing tunes by the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, The Bay City Rollers, and others.
The students accompany themselves with the shimmering gamelan chimes of Orff percussion, and elemental rock trimmings... BarNone distributes this album in the US, but the Basta release contains 2 bonus tracks not included on the BarNone version. -
"The backing arrangement is astounding. Coupled with the earnest if lugubrious vocal performance you have a piece of art that I couldn't have conceived of, even with half of Colombia's finest export products in.me." --David.Bowie (on the Langley students' rendition of "Space.Oddity") - The celebration of passion over skill. They have done the impossible. They have made Paul McCartney's music interesting and put it on equal footing with Brian Wilson's music. They understand these songs better than the people that wrote them." Penn Jillette (Penn and Teller) Innocence and Despair is mysterious and haunting in its hermetic vision." --Joe Hagan, New York Times