For nearly 10 years Yeasayer
guitarist Anand Wilder has kept his collaborative side project with composer Maxwell Kardon on the back burner. This long-awaited venture, entitled Break Line The Musical
, will finally come to life this July via Secretly Canadian, and it will be crawling with notable guest appearances by Kishi Bashi
, members of The Dirty Projectors, Yeasayer, Vampire Weekend, Man Man, and more.
According to the announcement, Break Line The Musical
is based on "a labor conflict in a Western Pennsylvania coal town that [Wilder and Kardon's] fathers had learned about from an old folk song taught in Quaker schools in the 1950s." It's described as "their own version of a classic story of betrayal, pride and lost love." Its first single "Wedding Day", released earlier today, provides us with a glimpse of this flame prior to its vanishing.
Wilder and Kardon claim to have drawn inspiration from "Gram Parsons, as well as rock concept records of early '70s Kinks and The Byrds," all of which are evident on our first taste "Wedding Day", which spends its early half as a rootsy hum-along, but eventually ascends into a blissful, banjo-twanged hoedown. Listen below.
Break Line The Musical
is due out July 15th on Secretly Canadian.
Break Line The Musical Tracklist:
1. Coal Into Diamonds
2. Wedding Day
4. Hold You Tight
5. Theyre Stealing Our Coal
6. 4th Of July
7. Better To Die
8. It Doesn't Seem Right
9. Fathers and Brothers
10. I'm To Blame
11. Hang Your Head High