Pop-Pop, the collaborative new album from cellist extraordinaire Joan Jeanrenaud and art-funk percussionist/beatmaker PC Munoz, is an exhilarating mash-up of contemporary classical/new music sensibilities and future-funk/hip-hop sonic aesthetics. Jeanrenaud's polyrhythmic compositions, rendered on both acoustic and electric celli, are paired with skittering electro-funk beats, eruptive drumkit, cajon drums, Hua Pan Gu (traditional Chinese drum), and other percussive elements, making for a refreshing, culturally diverse 21st century sound.
We had a great time working with beats on a couple of tracks on the last record (the Grammy-nominated 'Strange Toys')," Jeanrenaud notes. We thought we'd just dive in completely this time, and also have some fun working with pop-song structures, as well."
Working with co-producer Justin Lieberman, the duo tracked the album at San Francisco's Studio Trilogy in a highly collaborative and improvisational fashion. Sometimes we'd start with a beat idea... and other times we'd start with a cello line, or an arrangement of a piece Joan had already finished," Munoz says. We'd mess around with ideas, and Joan would improvise melodies and themes...then she'd take home the demos, spend some time composing, and return with a piece that we would then start recording for real. It was a lot of fun, and very loose."
The interesting thing is that when they hear the record, a lot of people might assume that the avant-garde stuff on the album is all from Joan and the funk/hip-hop stuff is all from PC," observes co-producer Lieberman. But that isn't the case-some of the coolest, hip-hop-like ideas came from Joan, and some of the really out-there ideas came from PC. It was a very high level of collaboration and genre cross-pollination; very exciting to see."
Pop-Pop is released on August 24, 2010 on Deconet Records.
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