Nico Muhly, ‘Mothertongue’ (Brassland)
Finally, the 21st century gets a classical-music artist befitting the times: information- inundated, busied, riddled by ADD. Connecting blue-haired symphony subscribers to indie-rock bedheads, the twentysomething New York composer is all over the place on his second disc. Mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer recites phone numbers and addresses for the title composition, while on “Wonders,” Muhly exhibits his twee-pop side. “The Only Tune” stunningly recasts an Appalachian folk song (featuring vocals and banjo by SamAmidon) against computer bleeps and the sound of whale meat slopping around a bowl, suggesting a place where Will Oldham and Philip Glass might cross paths.