One of the most interesting projects I’ve had come across my inbox, Birmingham, AL duo Silica Gel combine early medieval music with 21st century electronics, FM synthesis and improvisation. The result is a truly unique and experimental approach to song craft and structured improvisation. “Why Do the Nations and Peoples Rage” is taken from the album May Day out in late October. The core of their debut album adapts a series of songs from the 14th century satirical text Roman de Fauvel, which tells the story of a vain donkey who rises to prominence in the French royal court. Drawing a comparison to our contemporary political climate, Silica Gel’s uneartthly blend of medieval choral music and experimental electronics is both challenging and refreshing.