Vocal ensembles that interpret pop material exploit the harmonic and tonal possibilities the original artists often neglected. The Los Angeles a cappella sextet Sonos turn their new full-length SonoSings into the usual exercise in taste, with intelligent renderings of songs by Björk and Lewis Taylor. And while Sonos do all right by Taylors Bittersweet and Rufus Wainwrights Oh What a World, they transform The Bird and the Bees Again and Again into a piece of pure confection and sound gloriously abstract on Radioheads Everything in Its Right Place. SonoSings adds minimal percussion to a set of soul-inflected tracks, and if the arrangements dont exactly highlight the lyrics, these singers arent interested in recontextualization. Its just good, clean, formalist funSonoSings probably isnt as deep as The Dells idiosyncratic 1972 Sing Dionne Warwickes Greatest Hits, but its as enjoyable as The Persuasions soulful We Still Aint Got No Band.
Wed., Oct. 7, 8 p.m., 2009