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Thorns All Over

by Jay Vilnai

Washed-out guitars, mangled percussion, out-of-tune pianos and disembodied vocals teetering on the edge of atonality are the vehicle for these troubled texts of obsession, love, loss and mania.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Lake
5:45 $1.20
2. A Woman or a Gun
4:07 $1.20
3. The Forest
4:24 $1.20
4. Heartbreak
3:26 $1.20
5. Thorns All Over
5:05 $1.20
6. The Night We Met
6:36 $1.20
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Album Notes
"one of this year’s most haunting and strangest records... it could be the most lurid, Lynchian indie classical album ever made." (New York Music Daily)

"Thorns All Over" is a collaboration with poet Rachel Abramowitz, and features musical settings of contemporary murder ballads. The texts play off the folk tradition and augment it with modern language and psychological insight while the music similarly takes the relatively simple structure of the ballad and layers it with modern harmony, rhythm and timbre.

Vilnai uses modern production techniques to create music that straddles the line between pop and chamber, traditional and avant-garde. His experience in contemporary chamber and various folk traditions joins his love for pop songwriting and the result are odd songs with a unique sonic landscape, prickly harmonies and fluid forms. Vilnai has recruited a murderer's row of talent from NYC's improvised, indie and chamber music scenes for Thorns All Over. In addition to himself on vocals, guitar and other instruments, the album features the talents of Laura Brenneman, Ben Holmes, Quince Marcum, Oscar Noriega, Reuben Radding, Jean Rohe, Katie Scheele, Skye Steele and David Wechsler.

"A formidable composer, the missing link between Rasputina and Bernard Herrmann" (Lucid Culture)

A composer and performer with a unique background and versatile abilities, Jay Vilnai’s music is at once new and familiar, drawing on everything from Balkan folk music, Chicago blues, a long lineage of jazz styles and Western concert music. It reflects the current, vital generation of Brooklyn artists in the embryonic 21st century - a generation that explores how this plurality of heritages can add up to something meaningful and beautiful.



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