In Collaboration with New Vintage Baroque and VIA Records
Album Released March 17, 2017 / Deluxe Edition released June 3, 2017
Passionate Pilgrim is a song cycle that brings an all-but-forgotten poem cycle back to life. Once believed to have been penned by a “W. Shakespeare,” the collection was stripped of its stature when the Shakespearean parentage of all but four poems was revealed as a fake. The album’s instrumentation includes a mix of Baroque and modern instruments pitched at 415 and 440 hz, respectively.
"...the interpretive sophistication of jazz or musical theater and the deliberate naivete of folk-rock...Time was when an ensemble’s fans might wonder where the group’s explorations would take them next. Now, listeners should wonder not only where, but also when...”
- Allan Kozinn, The Wall Street Journal
"...The voices of Oracle Hysterical are sweet, fresh, and appealing, ideally suiting the poetry’s chaste ardor. New Vintage Baroque’s accompaniment is lively and lithe, without a trace of mustiness. Admirers of Joanna Newsom and Shara Nova will find plenty to savor, as will anyone enchanted by the chamber-pop tapestries of Van Dyke Parks... One song, “When As Thine Eye,” whispers especially Beatlesque in its breathy retro-pop intimacy..."
- Steve Smith, The Log Journal
- Maggie Molloy, Second Inversion
- Naxos of America