I absolutely love The Symphonies: Dreams Memories & Parties, the new album by Emily Wells. It is completely original and mixes classical violin and strings with hip hop beats, electronic drums, and her unique voice (or what Emily likes to call Symphonic Folktronica Fantasy). According to the write-up on LastFM, "to get the sound of a full orchestra, Emily didn’t take the easy way out and simply loop the layers of violins; instead, she played up to 21 separate tracks of violin on each symphony, often using an octave pedal to create the tones of an underwater cello or viola." As a violinist myself, let me tell you, this took an incredible amount of work to do.
KCRW recently named "Symphony 6" a top tune of the day. It's nice to see Emily's work get more attention. Here's a fun bit of trivia--her piece, "Joan of Arc," was used during Rami Kashou's Project Runway Finale Collection in Feb 2008.
I wish I'd been able to make the launch party at LA's Hotel Cafe last weekend, but in lieu of that, this is a little shout-out to Emily. Great job on the new work! It totally rocks.