Thursday, September 27, 2007

Meredith Bragg's new album, Silver Sonya, set for Dec. 11 release!

Acclaimed artist Meredith Bragg will release his first album without his usual backing band, the Terminals, on December 11, 2007. The Kora Records (Gregor Samsa, Donny Hue and the Colors) will handle the release duties. Named for the studio in which it was recorded, Silver Sonya is a personal and immersive work, created solely from Meredith’s voice and guitar.

Late in 2006, Bragg met with Chad Clark (Beauty Pill, Smart Went Crazy) and T.J. Lipple (Aloha) at their studio, Silver Sonya, to discuss his plan for a solo record. The trio worked together on his last record, The Departures EP, which forged a strong friendship as well as a strong producer/artist relationship. If anyone was willing to jump off the bridge Bragg was headed towards, he knew it would be them. The idea for the record consisted of two rules --

Rule #1: Only the sounds Meredith could get from his acoustic guitar or voice could be used.

Rule #2: Once recorded, there were no restrictions on how those sounds could be manipulated.

After recording the basic tracks, these sounds were pulled, filtered, shifted, butchered, looped, broken, and mended. While some songs changed little, others developed from the process, unfolding in excitingly unexpected ways. Out of this process came a record that can be described as both expansive and intimate, fractured and yet whole. So while you listen to songs about Roman statues, volcanoes, middle eastern scientists, or forgotten road-side attractions, remember that every sound and every word are outcomes of a process shaped through limited resources that opened up otherwise hidden options.

Bragg’s previous releases, Vol. 1 and The Departures EP, were highly acclaimed affairs, lauded by Magnet, Pitchfork Media, and Paste Magazine, among others. Bragg plans to record a new album with the Terminals in 2008.

Press for Meredith Bragg:

“Bragg's folk chamber group issues a remarkable statement without raising the volume” – Paste

“Delicate, haunted music...Bragg is someone worth getting close to” – Magnet

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