There’s been a huge resurgence of a cappella vocal groups in recent years, and one of the most exciting new groups in the genre is Sonos, who make their Nippertown debut on Friday night at The Linda in Albany.
The Los Angeles-based co-ed sextet reaches far beyond the doo-wop and barbershop roots of the a cappella groups of yesteryear. And while they dazzled fans with their introductory trip-hop version of the Jackson Five gem, “I Want You Back,” for the most part Sonos doesn’t bother much with pop hits, either. Instead, they’re more interested in exploring the world of alt-rock and other more adventurous genres for their source material.
“We do our best to defy stereotypes,” says Jessica Freedman.
“The whole approach has been to distance ourselves from kitsch,” adds Ben McLain. The group – which also features Rachel Bearer, Katharine Hoye, Chris Harrison and Paul Peglar – has definitely taken the road less traveled on their recently released debut album, “SonoSings.”
The album features head-spinning a cappella interpretations of music from the songbags of Radiohead (“Everything in Its Right Place”), Sara Bareilles (“Gravity” – joined by Bareilles herself), Fleet Foxes (“White Winter Hymnal”), Bon Iver (“Stacks”), Rufus Wainwright (“Oh What a World”), Björk (“Joga”), Imogen Heap (“Come Here Boy”) and others.
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