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.
It was just over a year ago when we first introduced you to “Classical Dub-step” duo Dysphemic & Miss Eliza. The duo is offering a free, legal mp3 download of “Hungarian Dance,” one of the tracks on their Synthetic Symphony EP, as well as their futuristic new video for the song…
Jena Malone is best known as the young actress in movies like Stepmom, Donnie Darko, Four Last Songs, Into The Wild and, more recently, The Hunger Games, but she is also a singer and musician. Her latest music project, The Shoe, will release their debut full-length album, I’m Okay, on June 3rd. The Shoe is comprised of sweet-voiced Jena and pianist-producer Lem Jay Ignacio and they are named for Jena’s musical instrument creation “The Shoe” – an old streamer trunk filled with electronic instruments. You can stream and download a free, legal mp3 of the album’s first single, “Paper Cup,” at SoundCloud.
I was impressed to learn that Alexander Ebert, frontman of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, is responsible for the gorgeous score for All is Lost. J.C. Chandor directs Robert Redford in the lost-at-sea drama, due out on DVD on February 11th.