William Brittelle - Dream Has No Sacrifice
Composer and New Amsterdam Records co-founder/co-artistic director William Brittelle's new digital-only single, "Dream Has No Sacrifice" featuring Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes), was released July 29, 2016 on New Amsterdam Records.
It has been praised as "unlike any single we've heard...the song achieves a strange kind of magic, in part for being so unusual a creation" by Textura, and features Wasner along with Mark Dancigers (NOW Ensemble) on acoustic guitar; Eleonore Oppenheim (Victoire) on double bass; Michi Wiancko on 5-string violin; Paul Wiancko on cello; and screams by vocalist Jason Lekberg.
Brittelle and Wasner have collaborated in the past on Spiritual America, an ongoing series of electro-acoustic orchestral art songs featuring works that Brittelle is writing for Wye Oak and orchestra. Pieces from the project have been performed with the Alabama Symphony, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series at the Walker Art Center, and The Baltimore Symphony.
More about "Dream Has No Sacrifice" from Brittelle:
"'Dream Has No Sacrifice' is a digital single that depicts the pursuit of unadulterated emotional and artistic dreams in the face of overwhelming complications and challenges. In other words, it's about my life and the way it feels to attempt to balance fringe art, family, marriage, health, and spirituality in a city that seems bent on producing anxiety at every turn. In the piece, I attempt to widen my musical bookends, allowing death metal screams, programmed R & B drums, string orchestra (running the gamut from thorny/virtuosic to bucolic), and pop vocals to all co-exist, though in a contentious environment. This piece marks my fourth for vocalist Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes), a truly magical singer who was able to be the voice of purity throughout the piece."
The release is available as a digital-only single through the New Amsterdam Records subscription series, and was produced by Ryan Kelly.