One of the many reasons I love NPR is the indie and unusual music they feature. This week's find is Mother Falcon. Where to start...something in their music speaks to me on a variety of levels. It has the rich fullness of an orchestral sound but fuses so many different feelings together that it's hard to describe. As I listen to it while I write this post, I hear the drama of the score to the movie, The Mission, by Ennio Morricone. I hear the whimsical quality of the score to my favorite movie, Amelie. I hear the art rock of Mythos. And the new age sound of ERA and Enigma. So, if I hear all these sounds fused into one group plus their own tempo of You Knew, their new album, they've got to be something special - you can't put them in a single category.
Mother Falcon is an Austin based group of between 15 and 20 rotating musicians who are classically trained and have collaborated to produce a sound all their own.
They raised nearly $25,000 on Indiegogo to fund a summer tour and have spent time in NYC and LA and are working their way up the West Coast to Portland and Seattle before they head back home. There is a documentary on KLRU.org about them ~ their origins and evolution. Click here for the backstory.
In the meantime, I encourage you to treat yourself to a three song mini-concert produced by NPR:
Here's their website with links to listen and to download their music at ITunes.