Sven B. Schreiber
This album has such an unbelievable musical density that it's hard to grasp all of its nuances on first listen, and it simple washes me away every time. Sarah Kirkland Snider is one of the few genuinely innovative contemporary composers, having developed her own individual recipe of success by blending the best of classical, avantgarde, and experimental music in truly overwhelming orchestrations.
Favorite track: The Slaughterhouse.
Wow--what everyone else says! This reminds me, in the best way, of Jody Redhage's haunting Of Minutiae and Memory project, and of the grand mix-n-match beauty of Annabel (lee)'s By the Sea . . . and Other Solitary Places. Exquisite company to be in, for sure..
Favorite track: The Guest.
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A meditation on memory, innocence, and the haunted grandeur of the natural world, Unremembered recalls strange and beautiful happenings experienced during a childhood in rural Massachusetts: a houseguest takes sudden leave in the middle of the night; a boy makes a shocking discovery on a riverbank; a girl disappears in woods behind a ranging farm; ghosts appear with messages for the living. Through Bellows's moving words and images and Snider's vivid, fraught, astonishing score, the cycle explores the ways in which beguiling events in early life can resonate in--and prepare us for--the subtler horrors that lie beyond the realm of childhood.
Four years in the making, the studio recording of Unremembered, featuring vocalists Padma Newsome (Clogs), DM Stith, and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and the Unremembered Orchestra (members of ACME, Alarm Will Sound, ICE, The Knights, So Percussion), conducted by Edwin Outwater (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, San Francisco Symphony) is available on CD, 2xLP, and limited-edition white vinyl 2xLP.
Hailed as “an intricately magical landscape” (Justin Davidson, New York Magazine) and "Snider's own brand of New England gothic that would make Edgar Allan Poe proud," (The Washington Post), Unremembered is a “a deeply personal, brave work” (I Care If You Listen) that “attests to Ms. Snider’s thorough command of musical mood setting” (The New York Times) and "cements her reputation--begun with 2010's Penelope--as the finest composer for voice of her generation" (Agit Reader). Named to dozens of Best-of-2015 lists internationally including The Washington Post (Top Five), The Nation (Top Five), The Boston Globe’s Steve Smith, The Guardian’s Seth Colter Walls, WNYC, and New Music Box, Unremembered was also called “one of the most significant and harrowing releases of the year” (Thought Catalog); “masterful…a stunning, immensely rewarding experience” (PopMatters); “evocative and strangely beautiful” (Opera News); “warped and eerie” (NPR Songs We Love); "luminous, otherworldly, and brilliantly individualistic (New York Music Daily); and “a glimpse into an entirely new sound world” (Indy Week). It was also named one of the 50 Best Classical Works of the Past Twenty Years by Q2 Radio listeners in both 2015 and 2016.
Produced by Lawson White and Sarah Kirkland Snider, Unremembered was mixed by GRAMMY Award-winning mixer Andrew Scheps and mastered by GRAMMY Award-winning mastering engineer Chris Bellman. Sound design was created by Michael Hammond (No Lands), Lawson White, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. Both LP and CD formats include hand-drawn illustrations by Nathaniel Bellows and original artwork by DM Stith.
All compositions and orchestrations by Sarah Kirkland Snider.
All lyrics and illustrations by Nathaniel Bellows.
Vocals by Padma Newsome, DM Stith, and Shara Worden.
The Unremembered Orchestra conducted by Edwin Outwater.
Sound design by Michael Hammond, Lawson White, and Sarah Kirkland Snider.
Produced by Sarah Kirkland Snider and Lawson White.
Mixed by Andrew Scheps at Punkerpad West, Van Nuys, CA.
Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Pre-Mixed and Edited by Lawson White at Good Child Music Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Additional Editing by Justin Hergett and Mike Jinno.
Recording Engineers: Charles Harbutt and Lawson White.
Assistant Recording Engineers: Mike Jinno, Sean Kelly, Alex Leach, Cecil Lockwood, Gina Vosti.
Orchestra recorded at Water Music, Hoboken, NJ.
Overdubs and Shara Worden’s and DM Stith’s vocals recorded at Good Child Music Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Padma Newsome’s vocals recorded at home in Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia.
Layout and Design by DM Stith.
Cover image by Unknown. Back Cover image by DM Stith.
Booklet polaroid transfers by DM Stith.
Portraits of Sarah and Nathaniel by Willy Somma.
Deemed "one of the decade's more gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers" (Pitchfork), composer Sarah Kirkland
Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative that has been hailed as "rapturous" (The New York Times), "haunting" (The Los Angeles Times), and "strikingly beautiful" (Time Out New York)....more
Very complex neo-classical music. This has lots of layers to it, and sounds at times discordant, but I like it more with each listen. This band requires some patience, but I think you get rewarded for that patience. Found in Ed Buckley's collection. Roy Meerkamper