January 18, 2014


Radiohead, the National Guitarists to Release Classical Music

Although classical music is not exactly what comes to mind when you think of Radiohead and the National, both bands have guitarists (Jonny Greenwood and Bryce Dessner, respectively) that compose orchestral works.

And we are about to get a split album from the two multi-talented musicians that shows us their classical chops.

According to Pitchfork, the release will consist of three works by Dessner and a suite from Greenwood's There Will Be Blood Soundtrack.

The LP entitled St. Carolyn by the Sea; Suite From There Will Be Blood is officially due out March 3rd.

A press release noted that the two guitar masters' works were paired together because of their "quintessentially American themes such as the vast expanses of the country’s landscape, or a sense of nostalgic longing."

Selected pieces from the album will be performed live by orchestra's in New York City (March 7) and Cincinnati (March 21).

Dessner most recently helped his band pen a (very) dark song for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. 

After being notified that the song was too dark (even though the film's subject matter is not exactly light) the band renamed the track.

So, it's probably safe to say that Dessner's classical work will be more Stravinsky than Gershwin?