The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119162   Message #2583424
Posted By: Artful Codger
07-Mar-09 - 03:27 PM
Thread Name: trad. song in duet form
Subject: RE: trad. song in duet form
For innovative harmonies (and lyrics), listen to The Roches. They have a wonderful talent for challenging expectations and conventions in harmony singing, even though in the main they use traditional triad intervals between parts.

Uncle Bonsai is another group (now disbanded) that deserves study for their fresh harmonies. (BTW, they wrote a beautifully lyrical stylistic parody of The Roches, "Big Chihuahua": "The world is a big chihuahua / that's been stuck in the microwave...")

You may say, "Yeah, but they were doing contemporary three-part harmony, with instruments." Even so, much of what they did can be applied to two-part unaccompanied singing. Listening to them will break open your ideas of how harmonies have to work.