The Greatest Hoax – “Opus No. 21″ (Stereogum Premiere)

Washington, DC pianist Taylor Jordan studied composition at the University of North Texas before taking a job as a climate scientist for the government. In his free time, he still writes gorgeous ambient classical music under the name the Greatest Hoax, and it’s a good thing he does. The way “Opus No. 21″ builds towering emotional catharsis out of electro-organic foundations reminds me of Sigur Rós circa ( ) or the Flaming Lips’ Soft Bulletin/Yoshimi-era instrumentals, though this music is far more restrained and intimate than that. It’s something you should definitely hear, so hear it below.