Deep Throat Choir-Be Ok

Deep Throat Choir

Deep Throat Choir, an all-female singing collective formed in 2013, is the brain child of Luisa Gerstein who has previously played in bands such as Landscapes and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.  Their debut album Be OK, has recently been released on the Bella Union label, is a stripped back affair compromising of only drums as well as the fascinatingly intricate vocals that feature prominently throughout.  Starting off with only four or five members Deep Throat Choir has continued to grow and this record is the outcome of all the material the group have been performing live over the past few years.

Although most of Be OK is made up of their own take on songs by other artists it commences with an original composition in the form of Ada.  The track itself is full of glorious harmonies that really benefits from the group all pulling in the same direction rather than have any one singer try and outshine any others.  We are quickly moved onto to a version of Little Dragon’s Ritual Union which is absolutely stunning and instantly won me over as soon as I heard the intro.  Before hearing this record, I was unaware of Swedish duo Wildbirds & Peacedrum however a rendition of their song The Wave has since led to me wanting to investigate them more.

As soon as I saw the track listing for Be OK I was intrigued to hear how Deep Throat Choir would rework Bjork’s beautifully emotive Stonemilker and whether the group could live up to the original.  After hearing it I don’t know what I was worried about it has a haunting feeling that immediately sends shivers down your spine in addition to being so splendidly put together that it can’t fail to be a stand out moment.  A personal highlight for me was their version of MK’s Burning which just sounds like Deep Throat Choir are having pure unadulterated fun which instantly lifts your mood.  The album’s title track is another original describes what it’s like singing in a group as well as giving an insight into the strong sense of community within this choir, whilst also ensuring thins wonderful record ends on a high.

I really can’t come up with enough superlatives for this album which feature songs I know and love as well as some more obscure ones which has helped me to discover new music from other artists.  Be OK also took me out of my comfort zone as it not the sort of thing that usually features on this blog, however I am well and truly converted and would most certainly encourage anyone to check out Deep Throat Choir.

You can get the album here.

 

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