The trumpeter Jaimie Branch follows the path marked out on her first album, but adds new horizons to the picture. Her sophomore work is a fascinating collection of vivid and spontaneous reactions to the surrounding reality: whether encountered in the rehearsal room, in a concert situation, or on the geopolitical scene.
Favorite track: prayer for amerikkka pt. 1 & 2.
*Limited edition* 140-gram Psychedelic Robin's Egg (blue/white mix with pink/yellow splatter) color vinyl LP (pressed by Pallas in Germany) inside a heavyweight matte jacket, with 12-page pink insert booklet, IARC obi strip and dome-patterned inner-sleeve.
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FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise is the much-anticipated follow-up to composer, trumpeter, and (now) singer jaimie branch's debut Fly or Die, which was dubbed one of the “Best Albums of 2017” by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, WIRE, Stereogum, Aquarium Drunkard, and more. Written (mostly) while on her first European tour with Fly or Die in November 2018; and recorded (mostly) in studio at Total Refreshment Centre and live at Café OTO in London UK at the end of that tour, bird dogs of paradise is the result of a never-satisfied branch pushing her distinct style of progressive composition to new heights — while also stepping forward as a vocalist for the first time. “So much beauty lies in the abstract of instrumental music,” says branch in the album’s liner notes, “but being this ain’t a particularly beautiful time, I’ve chosen a more literal path. The voice is good for that.”
On the album’s epic opening opus “prayer for amerikkka pt.1 and 2” branch calls out “a bunch of wide-eyed racists” between searing trumpet ad libs atop a massive, down-tuned blues. On the album’s closing track “love song (for assholes & clowns)” she laughs in their faces - an unhinged, unflinching, mix of anger and humor paired with a classic shuffle beat. Between both ends is an instrumental chronicle that traverses a deep sea of dystopian Americana without trepidation. Her trumpet – sometimes soft and pleading and other times brash and seething – is always at the helm. Branch and company are on a quest for sonic saturation here and they conjure up moments of real reckoning - hopefulness, hopelessness, danger, and joy. A cinematic sojourn from our earth to imagined worlds above, bird dogs of paradise dares you to feel again, or as branch says, “now sound the trumpets and get ready to roll.”
released October 11, 2019
FLY or DIE
jaimie branch – trumpet, voice, synths, sneaker squeaks, bells & whistles
Lester St. Louis – cello, percussion
Jason Ajemian – double bass, percussion, vocals
Chad Taylor – drums, mbira, xylophone
-with special guests-
Ben LaMar Gay – voice (on track 2)
Marvin Tate – voice (on track 2)
Matt Schneider – 12-string guitar (on track 2)
Dan Bitney – percussion, synthesizer (on track 8)
Scott McNiece – egg (on track 8)
All compositions by jaimie branch;
except "birds of paradise," "whales," and "bird dogs of paradise" composed by jaimie branch, Lester St. Louis, Jason Ajemian & Chad Taylor; and "lesterlude" composed by Lester St. Louis.
Recorded mostly at Total Refreshment Centre (tracks 2-7 & 9) and Café OTO (tracks 1 & 8) in Dalston, London UK, November 20th – 25th 2018. Edits & overdubs at Dave’s house in Pilsen, Chicago, December 2018. Final dubs & mixing at Decade Studios in Old Town, Chicago, January 2019. Mastered at Chicago Mastering Service in Garfield Park, Chicago, March 2019.
Recorded by: Dave Vettraino & David Allen
Recording Assisted by: James Dunn & Kristian ‘Capitol K’ Robinson
Edited by: jaimie branch & Dave Vettraino
Mixed by: David Allen & Dave Vettraino
Mastered by: Shelly Steffens
Cover Art by: jaimie branch & John Herndon
Cover Design by: Damon Locks & jaimie branch
Layout & Insert Design by: Craig Hansen
Photography by: Peter Gannushkin, Dawid Laskowski & Fabrice Bourgelle
Executive Production by: Scott McNiece & David Allen
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