Second Stage: Mother Falcon : All Songs Considered This rotating roster of nearly twenty young classical musicians fuses pop melodies and catchy hooks in the band's new EP Still Life.
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"Marigold" by Mother Falcon

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Mother Falcon performs at The Parish in Austin, TX on February 26. Erika Reyna hide caption

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When I saw fifteen classical musicians listed in Mother Falcon's liner notes, I didn't expect to hear a tight, catchy pop record. The group's album, Still Life, is a delicate balance of bright strings, horns and woodwinds, all tied together in upbeat hooks and charming male-female vocals. Mother Falcon's songs are maturely crafted with a  youthful energy.  (Each member is still in college).

Mother Falcon started in Austin, TX when three cellists began to flesh-out musical ideas after their high school orchestra practice. Instead of losing momentum once they dispersed to attend different colleges, the project expanded to include more musicians scattered across different states.

When schedules can be coordinated, there are twenty or more performers at Mother Falcon's gigs. The band played at SXSW this past spring and gained attention in the Austin circuit for the group's fresh spin on classical arrangements.

“Marigold” is a lighthearted track with violin riffs pushed forward by fast paced cellos, but still anchored by a sweet melody and foot-stomping rhythm. You can hear more songs from Still Life at their myspace.

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