St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians, so it makes sense that choral director Lucas Davenport, late of the New Orleans Bingo! Show, would craft this shifting a capella sextet as a refuge for those who want to interact with musical performance on a personal, street level—it’s no coincidence that the chorus was out on the front lines protesting the recent sound-restriction ordinance.
But their larger imperative is about blurring the lines between sacred and secular, another fine old New Orleans tradition, and this three-song debut EP does that well, sandwiching Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband,” a staple of their live sets, between the ancient spirituals “Travelin’ Shoes” and “Jacob’s Ladder.”
Subjects aside, you’d be hard-pressed to notice any change in mood, especially given the very jazzy arrangement of the latter.
In just under 10 minutes, the SCAC manages to draw a fascinating parallel between the commitment one makes to God and the kind one merely makes in front of him, but if you’ve seen them on stage, Volume 2 seems bound to expand their mission even further.