As we announced earlier this month, Natalie Merchant will release her self-titled album on May 6th. The album is her sixth solo effort and her first collection of entirely original songs in 13 years. You can watch the video for the album’s first single, “Giving Up Everything,” below. Merchant’s voice and songwriting are as heart-stopping and gut-wrenching as ever.
Aimee Mann & Ted Leo have joined forces under the moniker The Both. The Both’s self-titled debut was just released today and you can hear the duo perform songs from the album in the following Tiny Desk Concert. Tracks performed: “You Can’t Help Me Now,” “Milwaukee,” “No Sir” and “The Gambler.”
Irish singer-songwriter and Muruch favorite Soak covered CHVRCHES’ “The Mother We Share”…
The National guitarist Bryce Dessner is a man of many talents, one of which is evident in “Lachrimae,” which is being offered as a free, legal mp3 download from his website. Inspired by John Downland, Benjamin Britten and Bela Bartok, this symphonic string composition is especially reminiscent of the latter’s String Quartet No. 3. I was also reminded of some Michael Nyman and Phillip Glass pieces. This particular performance is by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, conducted by Andre de Ridder. An alternate version by the Copenhagen Phil was recently released on CD, along with two other Dessner compositions and a suite from There Will Be Blood written by Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood.
Bryce Dessner – Lachrimae (mp3 download page)