Beginner's Luck

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As it turns out, the talent of Polyphonic's members shines through, giving evidence of DeLaughter's claim. This is music best experienced live: 20 people, clothed in white robes, playing French horn, viola, trumpet, flute, cello, and being conducted by the animated DeLaughter is a true, wholehearted performance. Such a diverse palette could lead to a messy canvas, but DeLaughter has anchored his players around the simple harmony of voice (in this case many) and guitar (just one, played by DeLaughter). Juxtaposing the simplicity of pop harmony and the refined dynamics of some of Dallas' brightest classically trained musicians, The Polyphonic Spree is breaking the mold with sweet success.

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