The Antlers have a holiday present for us. It’s a reworking of their stupendously beautiful Burst Apart track No Widows by their friend Brent Arnold. They’re calling it “Empty Castles (No Widows refracted)”. Here’s what they had to say on their website:
Happy Holidays and Potential Apocalypse!
We wanted to thank all of you for your support this year, for coming to our shows, buying and/or listening to our records, and the billion other ways you’ve all been a part of this.
So our gift to you is a re-imagination of “No Widows” from last year’s Burst Apart, by our friend Brent Arnold. Here’s how Brent describes this beautiful piece:
“I knew I wanted to work with this track as soon as I heard it. The lyrics really haunted me. I recorded many of the cellos in a library in a castle in Burgundy… no joke! I had in mind a kind of rolling, pulsing feeling, rising and falling. Everything I made is of course quite different than the original, except for the big harmonies in the chorus– for that part, I tried to tease out each layer of vocals and play them exactly on the cello, which was tricky as they’re very intertwined. But I wanted to be more literal there, because there’s something very special about the way those lines work together.”
To hear more of Brent’s work, see http://audiofriction.com/
See you in 2013.
Love always and infinite gratitude,
The “refraction” is absolutely breathtaking and much more string heavy than the original. Original below… ahh, I’ve missed you, The Antlers. Love you! ;)
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