Good King Friday is the product of a collaboration between OU music professor Christina Giacona, some childhood friends in Los Angeles, former OU students Patrick Conlon and Audrey Snyder (hailing from Canada and Chicago, respectively) and lyricist Matt Kolbet, the brother-in-law of bassist Nathan Caswell.
Its remarkable that an album by such a far-spread ensemble got recorded at all, let alone one of such spectacular progressive classical breadth as Good King Friday spans.
Standout tracks like Breakdown chug along at an up-tempo pace before arching impossibly high on an echoing, jagged violin solo, propelled by Chris Wakelins hard-charging drums. The song eventually comes to a close with scattered cymbals, each instrument pulling away until just the cellos left. Its an example of the masterfully subtle construction found on each track.
Clarinets suggest pastoral beauty in Carousel; The Hours and Burning Down waltz along at a calmer pace, and Who Knows if the Moons Not a Balloon takes a dramatic turn from childish whimsy.
Ditch the classical-influenced rock of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and go for the good men and women of Good King Friday theyve got the real thing. Matt Carney