May 27, 2009

"Nico Suave" in Newsweek, on Grizzly Bear Album

Last Saturday, Newsweek published a profile of Nico Muhly, cleverly titled "Nico Suave." It's available online, too. The piece lightly tackles the possibility of Nico overload, which has already been addressed by the composer himself. (Scroll to the bottom of the post to read Nico's thoughts on his own press coverage.) On the bright side, my Grandma in Iowa - now aware of Nico's existence - may venture over to the Brassland Store to purchase Mothertongue.

The good exposure from the article, however, hasn't stopped the obvious jokes being made regarding Nico and that of yore, '90's heartthrob Gerardo. In a Nico tweet that has long since been relegated to the back pages of Twitter history, Mr. Muhly addressed the situation with typical concision: "This whole Nico Suave bullshit would be funny now if I had never gone to middle school." For real, doodz.

In other news, Nico received more good exposure following the release of Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest. The album, which received a 9.0 on Pitchfork, features Nico's choral arrangements with the Brooklyn Youth Choir ("Cheerleader," "Foreground") and string arrangements with Acme String Quartet ("Southern Point," "Ready, Able," "Foreground"). Just another reason to pick up a copy of the album if you haven't already.

That about does it for Nico news. Take care.

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