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July 30, 2013 9:33 AM   Subscribe

I have recently discovered Attaboy by Yo-Yo Ma and some other peeps. It's beautiful and I love it. Please recommend more music like it.

I listened to the rest of the Goat Rodeo Sessions and unfortunately it just didn't do it for me. Too slow, too boring. There was some chick singing. Nope.

I want strings music that matches the pacing of Attaboy, has a pretty melody, is fun, and is either entirely instrumental or has VERY limited background vocals.

I am already familiar with Pengin Cafe Orchestra; I think a lot of Broadcasting from Home hits the buttons I want hit. But like I said, I'm familiar.

Need moar, plz.

posted by phunniemee to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
You might like some of Michael Nyman's work.
posted by judith at 9:50 AM on July 30, 2013

Short Trip Home by Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer fits the bill. No vocals at all.
posted by jquinby at 9:59 AM on July 30, 2013

The following check some (but probably not all) of your boxes:
The Vitamin C String Quartet does covers of "pop music." Apocalyptica is a Finnish metal band.... with cellos! Contrary to their name, the Piano Guys play cellos on occasion.
posted by oceano at 10:47 AM on July 30, 2013

Kronos Quartet - "El sinaloense"
("El llorar" is amazing, but it has vocals.)
posted by hydrophonic at 10:56 AM on July 30, 2013

You might enjoy Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Instrumentals. No vocals, upbeat tunes, very good stuff.
posted by alienzero at 11:26 AM on July 30, 2013

When I was listening to that just now, it reminded me a bit of "Secret Story" by Pat Metheny.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:36 AM on July 30, 2013

You may want to look into is the string trio Time for Three. Their song "Ecuador" ticks off all your boxes (no stream online I could find), and Of Time and Three Rivers and Orange Blossom Special are also worth a listen. They did a Tiny Desk Concert a couple of days ago.

Also, Yo-Yo Ma has done a couple more classical-leaning bluegrass/folk/etc collaborations with Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor, Appalachian Waltz and Appalachian Journey. Tracks from those albums covering some of what you're looking for include 1B, Indecision, and Chief Sitting in the Rain and College Hornpipe. I'm also partial to the choro collaborations he did on Obrigado, especially Brasileirinho, and Cristal.
posted by bassooner at 12:17 PM on July 30, 2013

That whole Goat Rodeo Sessions album is fantastic. I'd recommend checking out the discographies of all the performers involved (although obviously Yo-Yo's skews classical, he has also done some other things with Edgar Meyer).

You will also like "Chameleons of the White Shadow" from Joseph Tawadros (also featuring Bela)
posted by softlord at 2:08 PM on July 30, 2013

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