Choir of Young Believers - Grasque
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #887 / 947
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Under The Radar

Big, complicated ideas are understandably hard to execute, but Grasque is a serious exploration of the deepest reaches of pop music.

God Is in the TV

Grasque benefits from its epic-long compositions and continues COYB’s ability to surprise.

The 405
When COYB are tenacious enough to boil a track down to a workable size, the result is a triumph. Often it can resemble unleavened music, stripped of the necessary rise and fall.

The connective tissue between Grasque and previous Choir of Young Believers albums holds strong, proving at its core this is still the singular vision of the same man.


Makrigiannis admits that after finishing the Rhine Gold tour that he "felt confused, adrift and didn’t feel like playing music," and Grasque reflects that, but it also feels suitably cathartic, though probably more so for Makrigiannis than the listener.

The Guardian
Intangible and atmospheric, but not a lot to latch on to.
A new chapter for the band perhaps, which may lead to some great results in the future. But whittle away the highlights and you realise ‘Grasque’ perhaps works better as a great EP.
This is a record born of Makrigiannis’s travels and the as such he has created a transitory recording. Despite the length of many of the tracks, its pleasures are fleeting.
FLOOD Magazine
The record might lull you to sleep but you probably won’t be mad that you did nod off.

In fleeting moments Grasque offers glimpses into Makrigiannis's inventive musical mind, but too often it gets stuck wandering up in the clouds. The view is pretty up there, but the risk of running out of oxygen increases the longer you stay.

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Track List

  1. Olimpiyskiy
  2. Serious Lover
  3. Vaserne
  4. Face Melting
  5. Græske
  6. Jeg Ser Dig
  7. Cloud Nine
  8. The Whirlpool Enigma
  9. Perfect Estocada
  10. Salvatore
  11. Gamma Moth
  12. Does It Look As If I Care

Year End Lists

#30/God Is In The TV
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Added on: November 3, 2015