The Place Where You Go to Compose

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This week on The New Canon, we chat up itsnotyouitsme about their newest album and the evolution of an ensemble's sound. Join the conversation in the window below or via Twitter with the hashtag #q2new. Want to get a head start? Leave your questions in the comments below and we'll address them at the top of the chat.

We swim in a wide Sargasso sea of musical influences, and if you can't constantly adapt to the varying temperatures as more tantalizing drops are added to the mix, you're inevitably going to drown. That's what I love about many of Q2 Music's favorite musicians working today: Not only do they swim rather than sink, they make Michael Phelps look like a dog-paddler. 

Exemplifying these skills and talents is itsnotyouitsme, a.k.a. Caleb Burhans and Grey McMurray. They've just released their third studio album for New Amsterdam Records (out 9/27) and are feting it with a set at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Monday the 26 (for those of you not going to the Met to see Anna Netrebko lose her head). Before they head into their sound check, we check out itsnotyouitsme's sounds today, pitting some new tracks off of Everybody's Pain is Magnificent against the music of John Luther Adams and Gavin Bryars as a mean of exploring similarities, differences, and — perhaps the million dollar question — Where is the balance between influence and individuality?