Here comes Orphic Machine! This amazing recording of my songs, with Carla Kihlstedt singing statements about poetry by visionary scholar Allen Grossman, is out now on Royal Potato Family / BAG Production. Pre-order now from Royal Potato Family on Double 180-gram LP, CD, and iTunes.
Early Reviews are in:
"Nothing prepared me for his remarkable new album, Orphic Machine...It’s clearly Goldberg's baby, and it’s probably the strongest record I’ve heard yet this year." - The Chicago Reader
"a suite of beautiful, intricate and strangely compelling songs... Artfully orchestrated with horn chorales and counterpoint, this songful music brings Bach, the Beatles, Charles Ives and Thelonious Monk to mind." - SF Chronicle
"Orphic Machine is wildly ambitious and sophisticated, but is also graceful, emotionally honest, and accessible. It makes the profound embraceable and, as a result, is a masterpiece." - All Music Guide
"An absolutely striking album, supremely enchanting, and when measured in terms of difficulty of challenge, an outstanding achievement. Go buy this album. It’s one of the best purchases you’ll make all year." - Bird Is The Worm
"...a species of art song, but that term doesn’t capture this music’s wildly fetching mix of jazz, folk, soul, cabaret, blues and tango..." - Down Beat (4 1/2 star review)
"Allen Grossman, by the way, passed away just last year. Orphic Machine is a testament to the immortality of forward-thinking ideas that keep the soul of its originator alive after the body has passed. It’s also testament that a part of Grossman remains alive in Goldberg, who has sublimely assimilated so many disparate influences, and is able to distill them into a product he projects through his own, kaleidoscopic lens." - Something Else! Reviews