Bay Area singer/composer Amy X Neuburg's The Secret Language of Subways is a cycle of thirteen avant-pop songs performed by Amy with backing from The Cello ChiXtet, a trio of women cellists.
Amy describes The Secret Language of Subways as “a song cycle about the inane and perpetually unfinished businesses of love and war — and New York.” A stylistically versatile, classically trained singer/composer with a four-octave range, Amy is best known for performances with voice, electronic drums, and live looping in which she creates a chorus of layered voices and rhythms. Two years in the making, TSLS consists of intricately composed, multiple layers of cellos topped by Amy’s distinctive and striking vocals; the songs range from intimate art-song ballads to electronics-based pop to Dadaist meanderings to lush symphonic arrangements. Sometimes the cellos are processed with electronic effects, other times heard in the expressive richness of their natural timbres.
The ChiXtet is: Jessica Ivry, Elaine Kreston, and Beth Vandervennet