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Gabriel Kahane - The Ambassador makes WBUR: Boston '10 Favorite Albums From 2014'

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The liner notes to Gabriel Kahane's concept album "The Ambassador" (penned by LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne) are detailed and evocative, just like the music they describe. Kahane, whose background is in classical composition, wrote each song on "The Ambassador" about a different intersection in Los Angeles, using location as an inroad to the city's mythologies. "Bradbury" reimagines the iconic final scene in "Blade Runner" with gentle chaos; the finger-picked ballad "The Ambassador Hotel" commemorates the shuttering of a Hollywood landmark through the eyes of its beloved doorman; and the vast, poignant "Empire Liquor Mart" mourns the death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins, a black teenager whose shooting became a catalyst for the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Even without its elaborate backstory, Kahane's music is utterly arresting, by turns complex and moody, lyrical and moving.

WBUR: Boston selected The Ambassador as one of their 10 Favorite Albums From 2014