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Mobtown Moon

by Mobtown Moon

A gorgeously re-imagined version of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, blending indie rock, jazz, and singer-songwriter styles with touches of opera, chamber music, and even hip-hop.
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1. The City Speaks
0:58 album only
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2. Breathe (Chant Version) [feat. Vincent Stringer & Brian Simms]
1:11 album only
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3. Breathe (feat. Sandy Asirvatham & Ellen Cherry)
4:34 album only
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4. On the Run (feat. Andrew Grimm & Dave Hadley)
3:43 album only
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5. Time (feat. Brian Simms & Vincent Stringer)
5:11 album only
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6. The Great Gig in the Sky (feat. Sandy Asirvatham)
5:55 album only
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7. Money (feat. Cris Jacobs)
4:24 album only
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8. Dream/Counterfeit (feat. David Ross & Femi the Drifish)
2:35 album only
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9. Us and Them (feat. Ellen Cherry)
7:40 album only
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10. Any Colour You Like (feat. Todd Marcus & Russell Kirk)
5:13 album only
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11. Brain Damage (feat. Lea Gilmore & We're About 9)
4:56 album only
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12. Eclipse (feat. Orchkids & We're About 9)
2:52 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Wildly eclectic but consistently absorbing." ~ Baltimore City Paper

The Dark Side of the Moon like you’ve never heard it before.

More than forty musicians, all from Baltimore. Classic Pink Floyd, thoroughly reimagined–just in time for the 40th anniversary of the original.

This is not your typical “cover” project or note-for-note recreation. Instead, it features fresh new arrangements: surprising grooves, eclectic instruments, gorgeous vocals. Glimmers of rock, jazz, classical, hip-hop, gospel, even opera. A TRUE PROG-ROCK AMALGAMATION!

“Breathe,” “Money,” “Us and Them”….hear all these immortal hits as if they're new again!

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

Sandy Asirvatham is co-creator/chief music arranger. For our new takes on old Pink Floyd songs, she’s been inspired by her own eclectic performing background and guided by the diverse sounds and skills brought by each of our participating musicians. Sandy was a respected journalist and award-winning City Paper columnist before launching a second career as a pianist and singer-songwriter. Of the eclectic jazz-pop songs on her first disc, MEMOIR, dj Michael Buckley says, “When it comes to crossing invisible musical boundaries, Sandy Asirvatham is an innovator.” The idea for Mobtown Moon came to her while listening to the original Pink Floyd recording during long treadmill training sessions for a triathlon in 2009.

ellen cherry (*lowercase intentional!*) is co-creator/visual alchemist. While having a strong hand in the sound of the record, she is also in charge of determining the look, feel, and overall aesthetic vibe of our Mobtown Moon products as well as the our stage shows. ellen has recorded and released original music continuously since 1997. In 2009, ellen composed an original score for Nana Project’s shadow puppet piece, “Alonzo’s Lullaby”, about a circus train wreck south of Chicago, in 1918, which was awarded the prestigious UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence. In 2012, she released the EP “Please Don’t Sell the Piano” produced by Baltimore songwriter Caleb Stine. ellen also wrote, performed and recorded an original song commissioned by the FOX Networks that was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. In 2011, she was awarded both a “b” grant award by the Baker Artist Awards, as well as the inaugural Semmes G. “Buck” Walsh award for excellence in music.

Sandy and ellen recruited artists from rock/pop, jazz, hip hop, bluegrass, and classical music scenes to participate in the project including Cris Jacobs of The Bridge and Cris Jacobs Band: blues/gospel powerhouse Lea Gilmore; jazz bass clarinetist and composer Todd Marcus; singer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Simms; opera master Vincent Stringer; harmonizing folk-rock trio We're About 9; Jen Smith and Scott Smith of Naked Blue; and 9 members of the children's music program OrchKids.




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Hicoselman

Pink Floyd Would Be Proud
You know that special song or album you love so much that you just can't get it out of your mind? This love of music is what encourages the dreamers and the amateurs to crank up the video camera and post themselves performing cover tunes on YouTube. And of course, famous songs are continually being imitated and released with a completely different sound. (We have all found ourselves stuck in an elevator suffering through an esoteric violin rendition of a Beatles classic). So when we come across a re-working of one of the greatest albums of all time -- Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" -- one might be induced to reasonably expect that some band is simply applying their singular personality to a list of songs. This is surely not the case with this elegant re-imagining of the original.

The project is the brainchild of Sandy Asirvatham and ellen cherry (lowercase intentional), both of whom are talented award winning artists who showcase their exquisite creativity in this musical adventure. The singers and musicians they have chosen to perform with them are definitely not just a collection of people who simply know how to do the job; instead they truly are the best-of-the-best when it comes to the Baltimore area music scene, crossing all genres and styles with succulent tastes of jazz, rock, hip-hop, Americana, etc intimately tailored to the song and perfectly seasoned by each artist's execution. This is not a hodgepodge of styles haphazardly thrown together without purpose; instead we discover an expertly crafted amalgamation of styles masterfully woven together by two women with a passion for perfection. From the subtle, soothing strength of "Breathe" to the intensely ethereal delivery of "Us and Them" -- and everything else in between -- we find that ellen and Sandy have craftily melded together the past and the present, and in doing so have unmistakably achieved a most perfect balance.

Mobtown Moon is surely a delectable treat for anyone who loves great music, and especially so for those who appreciate the extraordinary effort required to transform an idea into an enchanting masterpiece. A must-have addition to any music collection.
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