Mar 1, 2017

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Album Review: Deep Throat Choir – Be Ok

Luisa Gerstein’s brainchild, all-female singing collective Deep Throat Choir have released an impressive debut album, Be Ok. Driven by the desire to strip her music back to basics and focus on the simplistic beauty of female vocals and humble percussion, Gerstein first initiated the project in 2013. When Deep Throat Choir initially formed, Gerstein was joined by just four or five other women for informal rehearsals and impromptu performances. Four years later, Deep Throat Choir is made up of thirty female vocalists, whom regularly let loose at festivals, throw wicked parties and now have released created an exciting and inspiring debut record.

The title track Be Ok is one of the two original compositions on the album; it is a tribute to the ladies’ experiences of performing as an epic collective. The band suppose ‘there’s an energy that permeates through everything, fostered by the closeness of its members and the powerful feeling that comes with singing together: “I’ll be OK, mirror me, mirror me. I’ll be OK if you carry me, it carries me”’.

The album is mostly made up of acoustic arrangements of existing songs by such artists as Electrelane, Dark Dark Dark, Wildbirds and Peacedrums, MK, and Amy Winehouse. The choir’s album is as energetic as their notorious live performances, the sound is honest and fresh.

Deep Throat Choir’s version of Winehouse’s In My Bed is a stand out moment on the record; the arrangement is a fantastic version of a beautiful piece of music and really rather repeat button worthy. The band’s cover of Little Dragon’s Ritual Union is another killer track, as is their version of Sylvan Esso’s Hey Mami. The band bring both style and talent to every song they choose to cover. This is no novelty cover album.

Deep Throat Choir’s track choices alone highlight the fact that the band have steered well clear of the glee factor that could have haphazardly weedled it’s way into the band’s sound. Instead Luisa Gerstein and her Deep Throat Choir have created an individual sound that is not only an exploration of simplicity in musicality but also a celebration of female camaraderie. Well worth a listen.

Jessica Newsome