I’m one of those old, old, back in the day Eisley fans (my copy of their first album came from a demo bin in Nashville, you couldn’t find it up in the Northeast… this was back in that dark period called Just Before iTunes) and it’s been breaking my heart to see the band push and pull in different directions over the years. The later Eisley albums are hit-and-misses for me, some good tracks, but rocky at best. The good news is the Dupree girls still have talent and famously have dated and married and divorced and re-married into different bands, splintering off into side projects and featured tracks that are all quite remarkable.
Enter Sucré, Stacy King neé Dupree, her beau Darren King (of Mutemath) and Jeremy Larson (a studio musician and engineer) have produced a pretty impressive album in A Minor Bird. Despite the album’s twee title (and the band’s literally saccharine name), there’s something serious and lush and masterfully orchestrated about these arrangements. Fresh, but with that traditional Eisley-arrangement twist.
Here’s my favorite track from A Minor Bird, it’s Tenori-on meets strings meets Dupree. Quite enjoyable for a sunny Saturday.
Vedran Smajlović performs in Sarajevo’s partially destroyed National Library in 1992. Smailović became famous by taking his cello into the streets of Sarajevo during the siege. Regularly playing his cello in ruined buildings during the siege of Sarajevo, most notably performing Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor. He protested against violence and murder by playing during bombings and funerals. He left the city in 1993 and never played again in his hometown. Till the 5th of April 2012.