Photo design by Melissa Arendt and Jesse Vasquez
“A tiny garage in a downtown alley. A cello, a guitar, and a voice. From these minimal beginnings, Exquisite Corps sprang onto Sacramento’s music scene in the spring of 2010. Taking a year to solidify a line-up, they have since become a marriage of both classical and modern sounds melding string trio and indie rock trio into a whole. They have shared the stage with such acts as Said the Whale, Sister Crayon, The Ganglians, Sea of Bees, and many more, playing at Launch Fest two years in a row, the 2011 Sammies and Concert 4 Charity’s Ballet+Live Music at the Crest Theater. On the heels of their recent sold out performance at the Crocker Art Museum’s new auditorium they have released their debut record in July this year.”
Heart warming Dream-Pop embalmed in beautiful classical orchestration, the added strings give Exquisite Corps a wonderfully contemplative angle. The self-titled seven track release unfurls gently, pleasantly administering feelings of hope with apparent ease and overwhelming grace – I`m pretty sure singer/guitarist Bryan Valenzuela couldn`t wish for a more rounded rhythm section. As complicated as the song structures sometimes are, the Sacramento based sextet have avoided overcrowding their sound, `I Want What I Want` is an unraveled mass of epic harmonics and essentially the most straightforward Indie anthem you`re likely to hear this year.
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