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CD Review: Choir of Young Believers

This Is for the White in Your Eyes (Ghostly International)

Choir of Young Believers aren't a throng of Christian rock prodigies looking for a way to speak to the heavens. They're an orchestral pop group centered on Denmark's Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, the brains behind this collective of musician friends. Makrigiannis' crystal-clear voice echoes throughout the album, paired with cello, horns, bells, guitar and piano. Everything on This Is for the White in Your Eyes sounds grand, as if the music is sweeping through an endless hallway. The album fuses classical music influences with modern styles. "Action/Reaction" mixes traditional with exotic, blending euphoric harmonies with syncopated drumming. On "Claustrophobia," a reverb-loaded, haunting background offsets the sweet repetition of the song's title. Makrigiannis' stark crooning and a faraway-sounding piano on "Under the Moon" stretch out like Jell-O melting in the sunlight. Short bursts of warm cello, subtle vocal layers, gentle but firm drum hits — Choir of Young Believers have the details down. — Danielle Sills

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