Label: Jamey Ray Music
Featuring an euphoric assortment of theme songs from popular films, favorite jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, and famous sing-alongs known around the world, the 11-piece a cappella group Voctave present their latest release Somewhere There’s Music, delivering each number with poise and pure elegance. Their vocal harmonies are magnetizing, displaying a timing that is sharp and pristine charming audiences with the enthusiasm of barbershop quartets and the stunning brilliance of chorale groups.
Their rendition of theme songs like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” are delightful, capturing the gleeful optimism inherent in the tunes. The unison exhibited in the members vocals along “Moon River” ambles at a wistful pace, moving into the jumping blues rhythm of “Andrews Sisters Medley” with ease. The medley bridges excerpts of some of the Andrews Sisters most popular tunes, stringing together “In the Mood,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” “Sing Sing Sing,” “Mele Kalikimaka,” “Rum and Coca Cola,” and finishing with “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” The retro tunes project a contemporary sheen.
Balancing their upbeat numbers with a handful of lulling melodies, the balladry threads of “The Summer Knows” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” cradle the lyrics in a heavenly lilt, skillfully executing melodic lifts and ebbs. The group modulates a catchy toe-tapping propulsion along “On the Sunny Side of the Street/Give Me the Simple Life,” brandishing a Manhattan Transfer-like unity that is as soothing as a tabernacle choir.
From pop music to jazz standards and musicals, Voctave’s recording demonstrates their vocal diversity and astuteness to sing as a solid unit. Reminiscent of choirs and chorale groups, Voctave’s music is soothing on the ears and comforting on the sensory perceptions.
Sarah Whittemore (pronounced: wit-uh-more)
Tony De Rosa
Kurt von Schmittou (pronounced: schmit-oh)