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Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion Announce New Album, Share New Song: Listen

Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw has announced a new album with Sō Percussion, her second project with the New York ensemble this year. It’s called Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part and it’s out June 25 via Nonesuch. The first song from the album is titled “To the Sky,” which you can hear below.

Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part is Shaw’s first album to feature her own vocals, and she shared a brief statement about her new work:

I hadn’t written very many songs, but I have certainly loved many in my life. I’ve been thinking of making a solo album for seven or eight years, but it takes having the right friends and community in the room. The prompt for all of us was: What would we make in the room together with no one person in charge, like a band writes in the studio?

The record follows January’s Narrow Sea, which also featured soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist Gilbert Kalish. The musicians returned to work with Narrow Sea producer Jonathan Low for Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part. (Low recently won the 2021 Grammy Award for Album of the Year for his work on Taylor Swift’s folklore.) The new project also includes Shaw’s reinterpretation of ABBA’s “Lay All Your Love on Me,” arranged for marimba and voice.

Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part:

01 To the Sky

02 Other Song

03 Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part

04 The Flood is Following Me

05 Lay All Your Love on Me

06 Cast the Bells in Sand

07 Long Ago We Counted

08 A Gradual Dazzle

09 A Veil Awave Upon the Waves

10 Some Bright Morning

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