While all of the 15 bands performing during KEXP’s broadcast from Cutting Room Studios NYC during CMJ were great in their individual ways, the one that seemed to catch our listeners off guard with its stunning beauty and intensity was Choir of Young Believers. Morning Show host John Richards wrote all about it for NPR Music:
For the fifth day of KEXP’s remote CMJ broadcast from Cutting Room Studios in New York City, we moved over from their main studio to the smaller, more intimate “Studio B” to record the final three of the week’s 15 sessions. When you’ve been gone so long in a remote setting, have already seen a dozen bands, and are winding down on the last day, you’re just hoping for a quiet end to the week. But then we met Jannis Noya Makrigiannis and Caecilie Trier from Choir of Young Believers.
I wasn’t sure how many people were in this “choir,” or even how the many voices on the album would translate to live radio, but I was pretty sure that more than two were required — even though that’s about all that would fit in this space anyway. As the duo warmed up on cello, guitar and two mics, I could already tell that something special was about to happen. But nothing prepared me for the four songs they would perform live on KEXP.