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Bryce Dessner & Jonny Greenwood - St Carolyn by the Sea | There Will Be Blood / Silver Platters review

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In mid 2013, Nonesuch released an album featuring compositions by Bryce Dessner. A little research revealed that Dessner was the guitar player from the rock band The National, but that he had initially been interested in classical and found that more mainstream music paid the bills. The disc featured none other than the Kronos Quartet, an ensemble known for their adventurousness and they gave the young composer a premier worthy of praise. Now, not to slight the Kronos' adventurousness, but I didn't think much would come of young Dessner beyond that recording. It wasn't because it wasn't good, it was impressive even (more so to the fact that the Kronos Quartet will often play compositions by fringe composers who have little access to the mainstream than any reflection on the music). So when a poster came into work from Deutsche Grammaphone featuring Bryce Dessner mere months later, a firm mental note was taken. Furthermore, Dessner, an upstart in the classical music world from as far as I know, was top billed above Jonny Greenwood, who has come into fame both as lead guitarist for Radiohead and for his striking films scores, including music to There Will Be Blood and The Master. The idea that Dessner got top billing said something to me, that the yellow label clearly saw something in his pieces that they believed in; this was clear to me before I even listened to St Carolyn by the Sea / There Will Be Blood. READ THE FULL Silver Platters REVIEW.