Penelope (feat. Shara Worden and Signal)

Sarah Kirkland Snider
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14 tracks
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1 The Stranger with the Face of a Man I Loved 5:42 1,003
2 This Is What You're Like free download 5:05 1,514
3 The Honeyed Fruit 0:53 357
4 The Lotus Eaters 5:55 402
5 Nausicaa 2:59 58
6 Circe and the Hanged Man 4:15 988
7 I Died of Waiting 1:10 303
8 Home 6:21 59
9 Dead Friend 2:47 286
10 Calypso 4:45 1,117
11 And Then You Shall Be Lost Indeed 1:09 780
12 Open Hands 1:06 282
13 Baby Teeth, Bones, and Bullets 6:08 1,733
14 As He Looks Out to Sea 5:49 755

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A song cycle with lyrics by playwright Ellen McLaughlin, feat’ vocalist Shara Worden (of My Brightest Diamond) & the chamber orchestra Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman. Inspired by Homer’s epic poem, the Odyssey, Penelope is a meditation on memory, identity, and what it means to come home. The album was released October 26, 2010 on New Amsterdam Records.

The subject of the album is a woman whose long-missing former husband turns up at her door, traumatized by two decades spent in an unnamed war. To restore his memory, the woman reads aloud from Homer’s Odyssey. The result is a poignant, haunting story in song.

Hovering somewhere between art song, indie rock, and chamber folk, the music moves organically from moments of elegiac strings-and-harp reflection to dusky post-rock textures with drums, guitars and electronics, all directed by a strong sense of melody and a craftsman’s approach to songwriting.

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  • Hayling333

    I can't wait for this to be released...beautiful, beautiful music.

    7 Jul 2010 Reply