Inspired by my recent Jacob Collier rabbit hole, I’ve been digging into William Byrd these past few days. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of him, he’s not a SoundCloud artist, YouTube sensation, or in Kanye’s entourage. In fact, he’s dead. And I mean REALLY dead. Like punching out in 1623 dead.
Anyway, Byrd wrote all kinds of inspired stuff during the Renaissance, and his choral work’s especially amazing. Here’s a link to Mass in Four Voices, the King’s Singers. It’s haunting, intricate, and hypnotic, a welcome counterbalance to the Slayer I was blasting earlier.
And if that doesn’t sell it, YouTube commenter Royce Zaro, from two years ago, is correct - at 9:23, it does sound like they’re singing “genitals on fire.”
Nothing like a relaxing Sunday afternoon eating jellybeans and listening to choral music from the 1590’s. This is what you're missing, ladies.