New EP Out Today!
November 5th is finally here, and we strongly encourage you to check out our latest offering, Year of the Dragon! For those of you vinyl enthusiasts, and fans of pretty physical objects, click on over to Record Collection’s Online Shop to pick up a copy. Reminder: each EP comes with a download code so that your iPhone won’t be sad. For any of you who prefer to cut to the chase and download these songs immediately, feel free to visit iTunes to claim your copy.
Here’s a little more information on the music:
Year of the Dragon features a new arrangement of Sufjan Stevens‘ electronic work of the same name. The song was originally recorded in 2001, and was reworked by Nico Muhly in 2007 for the string quartet Osso, of which Rob Moose was a former member. One day in rehearsal, Alex Sopp had the idea for yMusic to perform and record it, and a few clicks of the computer later that dream became a reality. The B-side is a piece by Gabriel Kahane called “Without a Frame.” The material is derived from a longer piece he wrote for yMusic called “Fun House.” Within the larger piece was a beautiful moment, featuring a trumpet/electric guitar duet, and the group loved it so much that they asked him to expand it. Both pieces were recorded at the Phish Barn in Vermont and seem to enjoy each other’s company.
Blake Mills to join yMusic at Lincoln Center Atrium
It is with great pleasure that we unveil a very special guest for our upcoming show at the Lincoln Center Atrium! On Thursday, November 7th, at 7:30 sharp, yMusic will take the stage to play a set of mostly new pieces. Midway through, we will be joined by a new collaborator, Blake Mills, for a set of his songs. Blake is one of the most unique and talented guitarists alive, and has worked with an enviable group of artists on stage and in the studio, including Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Julian Casablancas and Conor Oberst.
In addition to his collaborative work, Blake is an excellent singer and songwriter, and will be releasing an album in early 2014 on Verve Records. It was in this capacity that he met yMusic’s Rob Moose, who was asked to arrange and record strings for some of the new songs. The experience was so rewarding that they immediately began scheming an opportunity to play the material live, and the Atrium show will be the debut of this collaboration.
Click here to watch a clip of Blake at Newport Folk Festival. Our concert is FREE so please bring friends and say hello!
Press for Durham, NC Performance
We are excited to share some of the press that has been generated by news of our upcoming show on November 5th in Durham, NC. One of our favorite writers, William Robin, wrote an excellent preview of the show for Indy Week. He wrote our New York Times profile a few years back, and really understands what the group is all about. Click here to read the full article.
Additionally, Rob had a chance to discuss the group’s aesthetic, as well as its upcoming EP release, with Katie Fernelius at the Duke Chronicle. Aaron Greenwald, from Duke Performances, and the aforementioned William Robin, also chime in thoughtfully.
Click here to read the full article.
Year of the Dragon- Limited Edition 7″ Vinyl
Friends, listeners, record collectors: we have some exciting news! In advance of the yet-to-be-titled album we plan to release in the spring, yMusic is sharing a few bonus tracks that we would love for you to hear. The pieces are “Year of the Dragon” by Sufjan Stevens and “Without a Frame” by Gabriel Kahane. A collaboration between yMusic and the Los Angeles-based label, Record Collection Music, this EP will be available on November 5 as a limited edition 7″ vinyl. For those of you without a record player, fear not: each copy comes with its own download code.
The best way to track down this gem is to pick it up at one of our shows this fall or spring. We will be playing the Casbah in Durham, NC on the day the EP is released, and two days later we will appear at the Lincoln Center Atrium in New York City. We’re very excited for you to hear the music, and to check out the art, which was done by our very own, Alex Sopp! Thanks in advance for your support.