Motor Ballet is the work of composer Dan Markosian. Markosian used to be a collaborator with Utah area modern dance choreographers. I feel like that comes through somewhat on his release 9 Must-See Destinations in Cognito which is both theatrical and conducive to certain type of dance.
The aspect I appreciated about Markosian’s music was its originality. I had a hard time picking up on his influences which I think is generally a good thing.
The album starts with “The Outer Doubt” and creates what I thought was a whimsical almost fantasy based type atmosphere. I thought the vocal style was particularly theatrical. Markosian sings, “Have you heard about the space between? / Mark it on your list of places you've not been / I can take you there beyond your wall / Very near and far / Extremely big and small.” The overlapping female vocals added more whimsy to the song.
“Counter Measure” contains angelic background harmonies, piano and inventive percussive elements. The song again felt fantasy based. It’s hard to describe but it’s in there. “Naming Names” was another success in my opinion in painting a unique soundscape with vivid imagery.
“You Heard it Here First” has a mystical eastern vibe to the music while “This Story” felt like a dream inside a dream. As the album progresses I thought all the songs displayed some talent anyway you stack it when it came to the compositions. My personal favorites were “The Question” and “In The Event.”
I don’t think it’s a stretch for me to say this type of music will most likely resonate with a niche audience at least at first. That being said I encourage you to stay with it if it’s not a type of music you’ve encountered before. On that note I think a dance routine or even a fully fledged production would work great with this album.
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