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  • Tarina Westlund

The band that singlehandily made the cello the coolest bowed instrument around—it should have been you, Psalmodicon—the Portland Cello Project have resurfaced with a brand new album. Due out July 20, Thousand Words is their third LP, and while there is no Thao or Justin Power to lend vocal support, the album does feature collaborations with everyone from Rachel Blumberg (Norfolk & Western, M.Ward) to New York beatboxer Adam Matta.

To celebrate the new album, PCP (least fitting acronym ever) is hosting a pair of contrasting release shows. On July 8, put on your tux and tails for their classy performance amongst the pews of The Old Church, where the ensemble will collaborate with John Vecchiarelli and Shenandoah Davis, in addition to playing Thousand Words in its entirety. On July 9, put on your ironic tuxedo T-shirt and attend their "Extreme Dance Party Edition" at the Doug Fir, where the Cello Project will break out plenty of covers and other surprises as well. Both shows will probably sell out, so get your advance tickets now.

And in honor of Thousand Words being a few weeks away, here is the premiere of the lovely opening track, "Denmark."

LISTEN:

Portland Cello Project - "Denmark"