Look! Look! Somebody else sent me something! Like I’m important and stuff! And it comes with a freebie digital download!
Y’know, maybe I should be more discriminating – I don’t want to establish a pattern of throwing up whatever anyone sends me onto my blog because I feel special. BUT. This is an album based on Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. The Tempest is my FAVORITE Shakespeare play! We read it in school in ninth grade and I got to read the part of Ariel. And the first single is called “Full Fathom Five (Thy Father Lies),” which is an Ariel line, informing Ferninand his father is dead (except for the fact that he isn’t really – shhh!), because that is the sort of thing you get with a Shakespearean comedy. Sold, sold, sold.
Hi Jenn – I ran across your site recently and thought you may be interested in this record by The Young Scamels.The Young Scamels “Tempest” continues a collaboration that has been going for almost 20 years. The album was written by Christian Frederickson, Greg King and Jason Noble (who have performed together in the Rachel’s band and Shipping News). When they were offered a chance to score “The Tempest” at Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2007/2008 they jumped at the chance.
“Their music is a deep and searching mix of post-rocky math-pop and electronica, with undercurrents of “new classical” music.” –John Schaefer, NEW SOUNDS / WNYC
Opening with the softly layered violas of “Bring Forth a Wonder” the album shifts into the unkempt “Tempest” – finding the band resorting to hitting scuba tanks and going for a Peter Gabriel-tribute drum sound. Next is “Full Fathom Five”, the first of several tracks with Shakespeare’s words, using more electric guitar, keys and a dissonant vocal cloud and bruised melody. As the album progresses, the quiet “I’ll Drown My Book” moves on to haunted landscapes of bells and synths, light-hearted beats, viola, vibes and guitar. The closing track, “A Contract of True Love,” brings the many characters together in a final celebration, forgiveness being offered to all while strident drums, multiple voices and strings bang out an upbeat farewell message.The album just came out on September 21st via File 13 Records. Links to a digital download, press kit and current news are below.Enjoy!Miranda
MEDIA PAGE including commentary from the band about writing music for Shakespeare, snaring the nimble marmoset and making the album Tempest: http://file-13.com/press_room/ft74/press.html
Stereogum write up on the first single “Full Fathom Five (Thy Father Lies):
Signed by Miranda, tee hee. Do I hook you up, or do I hook you up?