So I was watching So You Think You Can Dance the other night (don’t mock me, the show is legit and it always features good tunes) and I was introduced to The Irrepressibles.
The song in question, In This Shirt, was featured in a stunning piece, choreographed by Stacey Tookey, and danced beautifully by some of the shows contemporary dancers (watch the video below). Not to take anything away from Stacey and the dancers, but it was the music that truly made this piece what it was.
I’m a sucker for symphonic strings and fantastical lyrics, so it’s needless to say I was instantly intrigued upon hearing the music. Once the dance had concluded, I immediately turned to world wide web for more and soon learned that The Irrepressibles is a ten-member orchestral ensemble led by composer and musician Jamie McDermott, described by The Sunday Times as “an enchantingly theatrical pop extravaganza.” I couldn’t agree more with that description.
They have recorded one studio album, Mirror Mirror, and a seven track CD/DVD package entitled From The Circus to the Sea, both of which have garnered critical acclaim. As a group, they have been compared to, and cited influences from, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Antony & The Johnsons, and Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. I would also compare them to the likes of iamamiwhoami, Yann Tiersen, and Musée Mécanique.
Enjoy the goodies below and be sure to check out more from these chamber popsters. I guarantee, if you’re a fan of music, you’ll be a fan The Irrepressibles.