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THAYER SARRANO ACOUSTIC CHAMBER
Live from the Georgia Theatre
The 40 Watt Club
October 19, 2018 (Friday) - We could think of no better way to continue to celebrate the release, from two weeks ago, of the new dream-grunge psych-rock single -- "I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty" by Thayer Sarrano, along with its lyrical companion Book of Drawings -- than to throw in, for the general delectation of the public, a new live EP and accompanying video, by the same said artist, only transplanting this time the same song (and a few others -- some older, some new) into the setting of a string ensemble. It is a well-worn, standardized, textbook, record label stratagem to proceed in this fashion.
The name of the EP, out today, is: Live from the Georgia Theatre. It is the recorded performance of the Thayer Sarrano Acoustic Chamber, as captured complete, both on tape and on film, from start to finish, as part of what was the Don Chambers Album Release Show, back earlier, in May of this very year. We cannot thank all the participants enough, from the immortal Thayer Sarrano herself, to the bevy of musicians brimming with skills. who supported her then, proceeding alphabetically: Keiko Ishibashi (violin), William Kissane (guitar, vocals), (cool hand) Luca Lombardi (bass), Jeremy Raj (oud, vocals), and Serena Scibelli (violin). We would also like to thank all those who engineered, mixed, mastered, and illuminated the proceedings: Sloan Simpson of Southern Shelter, who recorded the live audio, Andy LeMaster of Chase Park Transduction, who mixed the tracks, Jason Nesmith of that same said concern, who mastered those tracks, and Jason Huffer, who gave this performance its illumination.
As for the release schedule, the EP is out on physical CD today, and only available at the Thayer Sarrano Show, tonight at the 40 Watt in Athens, Georgia. (More about this show of this evening in a moment.) From there, across the weekend, copies of the CD will be made available exclusively on the Thayer Sarrano Bandcamp Page. Still further on, in the coming weeks, we will trickle the release out to the digital world of streaming. And what better way to encourage you to press play on all 30-minutes of the film of the same title -- Live from the Georgia Theatre -- as found on the YouTube Channel of Thayer Sarrano, when she is ready to release it. The film captures an indelible Sarrano performance, one for the ages.
As if these things were not enough, does The 40 Watt Club (in conjunction with The Georgia Theatre) have a bill for you tonight. It's the talk of the town, from the alley-ways of Athens, to the streets of Tokyo. The Thayer Sarrano Acoustic Chamber serenades the world, opening this evening, with all due deference and respect for these truly unique headliners -- Kikagaku Moyo (幾何学模様), which is Japanese for "Geometric Patterns." Kikagaku Moyo is on world tour, fresh from China and Indonesia, now touring the States, and embarking for Europe very soon. Their music defies genres. Borders get crisscrossed. We aren't even going to attempt a description. It defies our powers. We are simply going to push you towards their website, to discover this refreshing music for yourself. We should also flash in neon marquee lettering that Calico Vision -- local Athenians -- will also join in festivities this evening. Check, check, check them out.
This 7" vinyl single from Thayer Sarrano -- "I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty" -- and the book of the same title, along with her new live EP are but an entr'acte. The main course is still further up the line.
I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty
October 5, 2018 (Friday) - It’s official. It’s out. “I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty” by Thayer Sarrano is live, streaming, and available for download. Many thanks to Russell Rockwell and Immersive Atlanta for their article appearing today, highlighting the new music of Thayer Sarrano. We quote: “Long after the brief 7-inch from Thayer Sarrano concludes, the contemplative mood both tracks incite seems to hang in the air. Though only a single song, the expansive A-side is comprised of twelve meditative couplets that work as a hymn, while the B-side is a cover of Leonard Cohen. Both songs are equally suited for the season, though the open-ended pastoral philosophy of the record is a foil for the crisp realizations of autumn.” We would like to thank Baby Robot Media for their excellent press campaign, for getting the word to the masses. Many thanks also to Gold Rush Vinyl, who pressed these records super-fast. All hats off equally to the photographic art of Alysse Gafkjen, for capturing Thayer Sarrano so wonderfully on film. Thanks most of all, however, to L'Altissima -- which in this case would be Sarrano herself -- without whom, and without whose musical art, none of these tergiversations would be much worth the while.
Shipments of the 7” vinyl, backed with its B-side -- Sarrano’s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “If It Be Your Will” – shall begin on Tuesday (10/9). This very morning we were happy to ship out the first copies of the lyrical companion book of the same title. This hardcover book features 60 pages of full-color drawings and mixed-media art by Sarrano. It is printed on thick Bristol paper, and set to the lyrics of the song, as scripted in the musician’s own unique hand-script, as font forged by CWM Studio. Tuned, please, stay. This is but an opening salvo.
October 01, 2018 (Monday) - We extend considerable thanks to Grimy Goods of Los Angeles for their premiere of Thayer Sarrano's rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic "If It Be Your Will." From the article of the anonymous author, we quote: "Whatever hurdles, technical or personal, one must overcome as a singer/songwriter taking on the words of someone like Cohen, Sarrano carries the weight with an exceptional grace. Like an echo in a dark cathedral, Sarrano’s breathy murmurs are as gutting as they are isolated and exposed, explicating from the pained prayer she sings something voraciously intimate and personal."
This song -- "If It Be Your Will" -- is the B-side to the forthcoming 7-inch vinyl single of Sarrano, entitled "I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty." The single is scheduled for release this Friday -- October 5th -- and all is well on the digital side. We are still awaiting the arrival of the vinyl, but will begin shipping upon receipt. For those customers who have already placed pre-orders, first of all, thank you. We will continue to confirm your orders, and keep you apprised of its fulfillment. We look forward to giving the Customs Offices of the European Union a considerable number of parcels to process very soon. As for Thayer Sarrano's lyrical book of drawings of the same title -- I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty -- slated for simultaneous release, shipping will indeed begin this Friday. Thanks to all of the Sarrano fans for your pre-orders. We wish we could keep them all, every last single kettle-stitched book for ourselves. Alas, we will be mailing out copies to their new and rightful owners this very week. Thank you, Grimy Goods, for spreading the word on Sarrano. More is still yet to come. We can't wait to offer our readers links to articles about Sarrano from The Autumn Roses, Mystic Sons (London), and Come Here Floyd. In the meantime, you will need to resort to the search-engine of your choice to find them. (We know and hope you will survive.) Word on the streets of LA is that Thayer will be taping another song and live performance for BalconyTV this very week, with a scheduled release to be announced.