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With Magnificent Bird, his second album for Nonesuch, Kahane brings to life a trunk of songs written in self-imposed isolation-a full year off the internet-with the help of a dozen colleagues whose long-distance contributions were made possible, paradoxically, through the very technology he had shunned. Despite having written two-and-a-half dozen songs, Kahane chose just ten for the album. It's tight construction makes it's themes throb in technicolor: wildfires, recurring dreams, a shadowy "emperor" (is that a Silicon Valley tech bro?) all float in and out of the frame. Indeed, the album's brevity somehow enhances it's urgency and power, like a carefully considered letter to an old friend. And, like such letters, the album is also, for Kahane, a belated return to the confessional mode.
With Magnificent Bird, his second album for Nonesuch, Kahane brings to life a trunk of songs written in self-imposed isolation-a full year off the internet-with the help of a dozen colleagues whose long-distance contributions were made possible, paradoxically, through the very technology he had shunned. Despite having written two-and-a-half dozen songs, Kahane chose just ten for the album. It's tight construction makes it's themes throb in technicolor: wildfires, recurring dreams, a shadowy "emperor" (is that a Silicon Valley tech bro?) all float in and out of the frame. Indeed, the album's brevity somehow enhances it's urgency and power, like a carefully considered letter to an old friend. And, like such letters, the album is also, for Kahane, a belated return to the confessional mode.
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Format: CD
Label: NONESUCH
Rel. Date: 03/25/2022
UPC: 075597913484

Magnificent Bird
Artist: Gabriel Kahane
Format: CD
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With Magnificent Bird, his second album for Nonesuch, Kahane brings to life a trunk of songs written in self-imposed isolation-a full year off the internet-with the help of a dozen colleagues whose long-distance contributions were made possible, paradoxically, through the very technology he had shunned. Despite having written two-and-a-half dozen songs, Kahane chose just ten for the album. It's tight construction makes it's themes throb in technicolor: wildfires, recurring dreams, a shadowy "emperor" (is that a Silicon Valley tech bro?) all float in and out of the frame. Indeed, the album's brevity somehow enhances it's urgency and power, like a carefully considered letter to an old friend. And, like such letters, the album is also, for Kahane, a belated return to the confessional mode.


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