October 9, 2009

Bryce & Sufjan & Shara Sitting in a Tree

Last week on Pitchfork, one could find a strange plethora of Brassland-related stories detailing the various doings of Bryce Dessner, Sufjan Stevens, and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden. We thought we'd compile them below for your convenience.

The lead item was an announcement regarding Clogs' new song, titled "We Were Here," that features vocals from both Sufjan and Shara. Pitchfork's description was rather accurate: "an airy, delicately orchestrated affair with the voices of Stevens and Worden floating over a complicated bed of acoustic instruments." To listen to the previously unreleased jam, check out Asthmatic Kitty's AK Radio.

Later in the afternoon, another story was posted regarding Bryce's work on Lowell Brams's Music for Insomnia. The album, created by Sufjan's stepfather, is part of Asthmatic Kitty's Library Catalog Music, a group of records that are (as described by Asthmatic Kitty) "designed for possible use in films and television, background sounds for home or office, or personal needs, such as relaxation, stimulation, meditation, concentration, or elevation." It's way better than Muzak.

The final item from the Pitchfork mini-extravaganza was a story on The Long Count. Describing the piece as a "National/Breeders Art Project," the story mentions the usual suspects: Bryce, Aaron, and Matt (from The National); Kim and Kelley Deal (from the Breeders); and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond). As a reminder, the piece will be performed October 28th, 30th, and 31st at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival.

As a teaser, you can listen to this streaming audio, recorded during a show earlier this year at the University of Illinois's Krannert Center:

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