My Brightest Diamond - Take Away Shows

As an adjunct to last week's mention of the new My Brightest Diamond album, some great new Take Away Shows of her (Shara Worden) with some friends have just been released by the wonderful La Blogotheque. This first film features her solo with guitar sitting at the bar of the Hotel MichelBerger in Berlin (sounds good so far, says you) singing a song she wrote for her son (if my French isn't mistaken). Apart from being achingly beautiful, it also shows the meaning of "inhabiting" a song, as opposed to simply singing it. Those tears aren't crocodile, girls.

My Brightest Diamond | I Have Never Loved Someone | A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

This next one switches to New York (in the park, near water) and features Shara Worden and the yMusic Ensemble, who play extensively on the new album. There are actually two pieces of music here - first a song (she plays an autoharp and suppresses a smile, as if the director was trying to make her laugh), second an intriguing chamber pop instrumental from yMusic (somehow combines the busy, playful atmosphere of Michael Nyman's Peter Greenaway soundtracks, with the poise of Sufjan Stevens). And great to see and hear a baritone sax (I think that's what it is) at work up close.

My Brightest Diamond & yMusic | A Take Away Show | Part 01 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

And finally, also in the park, Shara Worden dons a moon-faced mask and writes a note on some very fancy looking paper (vellum?), while yMusic do their thing and dancer Jessica Dessner (she of The National Dessners) interprets through body movement. The whole thing is fascinating, works brilliantly as pop music and, also, is thoroughly bonkers.

My Brightest Diamond, yMusic & Jessica Dessner | A Take Away Show | Part 02 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

You'll find all three videos together on the original La Blogotheque link here -


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