Watch Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld’s new video for ‘Never Were The Way She Was’

Colin Stetson & Sarah NeufeldColin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld have unveiled a stunning visual accompaniment for ‘Never Were The Way She Was’, the title track from their staggering collaborative album released earlier this year. The video was made by Derrick Belcham and you can watch it below.

Never Were The Way She Was is out now via Constellation.

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld premiere video for new song ‘The rest of us’

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - The rest of us

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the release of Never were the way she was, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld’s much anticipated collaborative album. The effort will see the light of day on April 28th via Constellation. To keep us excited, the pair have just unveiled a video for a glorious new track off the album, ‘The rest of us’. Watch the video below, directed by Dan Huiting.

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld announce debut album as a duo

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never were the way she was

A match made in heaven: the musical union of sax magician Colin Stetson and extraordinary violinist Sarah Neufeld. The pair have been composing together for a while now whilst carrying on playing with other outfits and keeping busy as soloists. 2015 will bring us the Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld duo‘s debut album. Entitled Never were the way she was, the album was recorded at their farmhouse attic studio in rural Vermont by Hans Bernhard and mixed in Montreal by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire). As is usual with Stetson and Neufeld, in both recording and live formats, they didn’t use any looping/layering or multi-track/overdubs technologies. You’ve probably already heard us raving about Colin Stetson, and you’ll know of his superhuman powers and how he plays tremendously and uninterruptedly using circular breathing, which allows him to produce multiple sounds simultaneously in real time.

“Never were the way she was is guided by the metaphorical narrative of the life of a girl who ages slow as mountains; excited, exalted, and ultimately exiled in her search for a world that resembles her experience”, explains the press release. “The album’s expansive sonic trajectory and multiplicity of structures and voicings belies the fundamental economy of two acoustic instruments combining in real time. The result is a musical chronicle that powerfully establishes its own spatial and temporal horizon, a soundtrack that requires no images but profoundly compels the imaginative.”.

‘The sun roars into view’ is the first wonderful and staggering track being offered from the album. We can’t wait to hear more.

In other Stetson and Neufeld related news, and coinciding with the album release, the pair are bringing their compositions for horns and violin to Europe in April. Their tour includes a stop in London at the Islington Assembly Hall on April 17th. Head over here to check all their other dates.

Last November, we were delighted to have Colin Stetson curate our monthly mixtape. If you’ve missed it, check out now an incredible selection of tracks that inspire him.

Sarah Neufeld unleahes Black Ground EP and video diptych for ‘Breaking Black Ground’

Sarah Neufeld - Breathing Black Ground (Orchestral Version)

Last year the enchantingly talented composer and violinist Sarah Neufeld released her outstanding debut album Hero Brother. Now a special Bonus Edition of the album is being offered and it comes with a new 3-track EP entitled Black Ground. Sarah explained how these tracks came about:

“The Black Ground EP is comprised of 2 pieces from the body of work that created Hero Brother and an orchestral version of “Breathing Black Ground”. “Requiem For Douglas” began as a piece I wrote in collaboration with video artist Jason Last called Scalpel/Stradivarius. When my uncle passed away, the piece evolved into something for him. “Muscle Til Death” is the last piece I wrote before recording Hero Brother. It is very much a part of that world, but ultimately stands alone. The orchestral version of “Breathing Black Ground” came as an invitation from Owen Pallett to join an orchestral session in Prague. It was really exciting to shift the piece into the world of string orchestra, and such a treat to collaborate with Owen.”

Coinciding with the EP release, Sarah has unveiled a video diptych for the track ‘Breaking Black Ground’. The video was made by Montreal visual artist Brad Todd, who was also behind the video diptych that accompanied a track from label mate Saltland. Watch it beneath.

Hero Brother is out now via Constellation.