Bryce Dessner: Lachrimae Mp3

By: Brendan

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)

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Sarah McLachlan: New Album & Song!

As if new albums by Tori Amos, Joan Osborne and Natalie Merchant weren’t enough to make this a Lilith Fair Spring, Sarah McLachlan herself will release a new collection, Shine On, on May 6th. You can hear the first single, “In Your Shoes,” and read about the song’s inspiration at E!Online.

Shine On Tracklist:

1.In Your Shoes
2.Flesh and Blood
4.Broken Heart
5.Surrender and Certainty
6.Song For My Father
7.Turn the Lights Down Low
8.Love Beside Me
9.Brink of Destruction
10.Beautiful Girl
11.The Sound That Love Makes
12.What’s It Gonna Take
13. Little B

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Sarah McLachlan Official Site

Natalie Merchant: New Album Announcement!

Natalie Merchant will release her self-titled, sixth solo album on May 6th. The aptly titled Natalie Merchant is her first collection of all original songs in thirteen years. After playing around with classic folk songs and poetic lullabies for her previous releases, Natalie has returned to the intimate, singer-songwriter style of her earlier work for the new album. No audio or video from the new album has been released yet, but you can see the tracklist below and read a new interview with Natalie at Green Door.

Natalie Merchant Tracklist:

1. Ladybird
2. Maggie Said
3. Texas
4. Go Down Moses
5. Seven Deadly Sins
6. Giving Up Everything
7. Black Sheep
8. It’s A-Coming
9. Lulu (intro)
11.The End

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Natalie Merchant Official Site