FOURPLAY STRING QUARTET
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Reviewed on 15 January, 2024
by Steve Moffatt on 17 January, 2024
Neil Gaiman and FourPlay String Quartet
(Sydney Opera House)
Neil Gaiman and FourPlay String Quartet take us to a place where imagination and music collide in an oddly satisfying way.
Debuted at #1 in the Billboard Charts
for Classical Crossover Albums
"A brilliantly engaging, often revelatory listen, and one that matches Gaiman’s own disarmingly unassuming narrations on themes as profound as truth, death, history and colonialism with FourPlay’s endlessly inventive, witty musical responses." The Strad
"An eclectic blend of classical and indie rock tunes with poetry and prose." NPR Morning Edition
"Seeped in nuanced, atmospheric instrumental detail.” Beat Magazine
"Poetry and music collaboration, at turns comic and terrifying." Uncut
"A meeting of unconventional minds." NPR
"Signs of Life is haunting, whimsical and hypnotic... His debut studio album sounds like it has been plucked straight from the realm of the Dreaming where Morpheus reigns. ” Rolling Stone India
"It’s playful, dark, ridiculous, and earnest, where the music is as essential, creative and thematically appropriate as the words, and the way they engage and interact is nothing short of a joy. There’s a mutual respect, a clear understanding that music can go places words can’t and vice versa.
He offers advice, reflection, wisdom, history and humour, and all the while FourPlay twist, turn and evolve beneath, in, and around his words. It’s ridiculously impressive. At one moment they sound like a string quartet in a concert hall, the next an indie rock band, the next they’re mimicking the Australian bush entering quasi-spiritual territory. They can be a Michael Nyman score on one piece and the next they’re the backing of a 50’s girl group. Is there anything they can’t do? "
Bob Baker Fish, Cyclic Defrost.
Here's a little video of Neil opening the purple vinyl that is available for a limited time.
Signs of Life is a gorgeous, ground-breaking and genre-bending collaboration between an iconic author and a unique musical ensemble. Part songwriting, part poetry, part story-telling; all-encompassing, all-engaging, all beautiful.