"Another bright and colorful concoction, as cheerful as the cover art implies ... Scramble + Fate sounds more like the work of a small chamber ensemble." – a closer listen
"Once again, Tess Said So proves that convention and genres can be defied and yet remain eminently listenable." – Stationary Travels
Scramble + Fateis the second album by Australian contemporary classical duo Tess Said So. Each track is a unique dance of gorgeous soundscapes, layered textures, violent rhythms and beautiful, longing melodies – some deliberate, some accidental. Contemporary classical is seamlessly fused with jazz, pop, minimalism, ambient and world music, blurring expectations, labels and genre.
Piano and electronics are combined with timpani, glockenspiel, vibraphone, tubular bells, tambourines, shakers, triangles, crotales and a massive labyrinth of drums, large and small. Each is used, not to create a cacophony of sound, but instead a particular mood, a distinctive timbre, often with the most delicate touch.