When John Vanderslice did “Too Much Time” with the Magik*Magik Orchestra, we suggested that, actually, perhaps he wasn’t spending enough time with the so-called “official house orchestra” of his Tiny Telephone studio. Case in point: Check out this lush take on Romanian Names’ “Forest Knolls,” which features a strumming/crooning Vanderslice backed by four extremely focused operatic vocalists, a steady booming drum, a pianist, and a flautist. (It’s like he’s becoming the Decemberists in this moment.) Like last time, it was shot by Nate Chan and Yours Truly at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Romanian Names is out via Dead Oceans. Don’t forget those “Fetal Horses”: