Choir of Young Believers


The most striking thing about “Action/Reaction,” the anthemic debut single from Choir of Young Believers’ full-length This Is for the Whites in Your Eyes, is, appropriately enough, the use of voices. Choir leader Jannis Makrigiannis is blessed with a one-of-a-kind instrument-an elastic, versatile keen that he sprinkles liberally throughout “Action/Reaction.” A neatly criss-crossed figure of Jannis’ wordless “ah”s open the song, weaving in and out of the arrangement and chasing his lead melody until they reach the song’s chorus, a classic call-and-response between Jannis’ invocations of “a better place” and some robust group harmonies. “Action/Reaction”’s loping beat and air of symphonic grandeur may be the first things you notice, but it’s Choir of Young Believers’ namesake vocal polyphony that keeps the goosebumps a-coming.

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When listening to Denmark’s Choir of Young Believers, it’s hard not to imagine an army of white-clad singers with arms outstretched, their voices raised in holy polyphony—in fact...check out Choir of Young Believers's page and other releases

  • Ghostly International
  • GIDG-19
  • formats:
  • Digital
  • release date:
  • May 26, 2009
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