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bell orchestre includes members of arcade fire, jorane and luyas. formed in an old dance studio in central montreal, quebec. the music grew out of collective improvisations played alongside contemporary dancers. when the band parted ways with the dancers, the music continued to evolve and exude unique, intangible physical qualities. their mostly instrumental compositions tap into the acoustic delicacy of chamber music, the urgency and volume of post punk and rock, and the intricacy and sonic range of contemporary electronic music. the nine-song full-length is filled with stunning, lush instrumentation, and builds off where their acclaimed, juno nominated, 2005 debut, 'recording a tape the colour of light', left off. recorded with john mcentire (tortoise / sea and cake), 'as seen through windows' continues the sextet's exploration of various classical styles and non-traditional musical forms to create a panoramic soundtrack, expansive and enveloping, both challenging and pleasurable to the listener. on arts and craft.
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