Viva Voce: Devotion

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Today we bring you Viva Voce with ‘Devotion’, from their upcoming album Rose City (digital release September 7th 2009). There is also talk of a vinyl release of the record, so check their website!

Viva Voce - Rose City “Since the 2006 release of their Barsuk debut Get Yr Blood Sucked out, Portland, OR band Viva Voce toured non-stop for nearly 2 years, both as headliners and supporting fellow Portlanders The Shins in the US and abroad.

Band founders Kevin and Anita Robinson took an entire year off from touring (unheard of for them) to finish their hand-built backyard home studio and gig around town with country rock band Blue Giant, and have since become
something of a hub in the Portland music scene.

Kevin has spent time producing and recording bands like Tu Fawning and Thao with The Get Down Stay Down. Anita sang harmonies on The Shins’ Wincing the Night Away album, and performed with them on SNL and on tour.

With Blue Giant, Kevin and Anita made it a habit to incorporate a broad cast of Portland musicians to their live ensemble – and now the Viva Voce band itself has grown, as Kevin and Anita have welcomed Corrina Repp and Evan Railton to the official line-up.

Now Viva Voce are back with Rose City, an album they wrote, arranged, and recorded themselves all in one furious month – choosing not to deliberate over every little thing but living purely in the moment musically and lyrically. Immersing themselves in sonic experimentation, it was truly spontaneous and cathartic. The result is an angular, immediate record that pulses with the palpable urgency of a band yearning for a return to the vagabond life of the working, touring musician – a mode in which Viva Voce feels truly at home.”

[Barsuk Records Press Release]

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