Cheri MacNeil, aka Dear Reader, released her Africa-based album Rivonia earlier this year. She is now putting out a new live album which was recorded with the German Film Orchestra of Babelsberg. The first track, Cruelty On Beauty, has been unveiled.
The album We Followed Every Sound will be released on December 9 through City Slang. It contains music that’s made to question the listener, it’s music to get them thinking.
Rivonia was an album of stories, histories and anecdotes that were all inspired by and dealing with MacNeil’s home country – South Africa.
Potsdam-based radio, Station Radio Eins, offered the opportunity for Dear Reader to perform the songs of Rivonia live in Berlin with an entire symphonic orchestra. The German Film Orchestra of Babelsberg specialises in recording film scores and as Dear Reader’s music is so narrative, this seemed a marriage made in heaven. The result is We Followed Every Sound.
At times troubling and at times deeply moving, the music of Dear Reader is known for raising more questions than answers and it achieves this within the context of a collection of magical, dramatic, heartfelt songs. The power of the German Film Orchestra only extenuates this to create an album that is quite frankly immense in its force.
Judging from this track there is huge depth and multiple layers of clever sounds working around the intriguing vocals. MacNeil has a strong and confident voice with a country or folk twang. The orchestra adds such breadth and excitement which ignites the imagination. This is very clever stuff and the album is eagerly anticipated.
We Followed Every Sound will be released through City Slang on December 9.
By Kate Dexter