As scant rumors swirl over the impending follow up to Arcade Fire’s mainstream breakthrough The Suburbs, violinist Sarah Neufeld is readying the culmination of her own musical experiences and internal, instrumental power.
Via Neufeld’s official site:
“I began composing solo violin music out of the desire to explore and push my relationship with the violin and to develop the seeds of pieces growing in my consciousness for some time. Over the past few years of cultivating a meditation practice along side the physical yoga practice, my vision as an individual artist has come into focus- collaboration with others has and will always be a large part of how I create, but I found a solitary place within myself to jump off from. I’ve played the violin for so long it is the natural extension of my voice- The nuance and complex personality; sonically, rhythmically and emotionally existing in a single instrument is fascinating to me. My love for minimalism, pop music and improvisation comes through these compositions; this is where I come from. Hero Brother is a gathering of characters in our collective mythology- the strong and weak; the secrets buried underground, played by one instrument, echoed by my own voice as plaintive companion.”
Offered along with the artist statement was the title track to Hero Brother wherein Neufeld builds and expands upon a frenetic pace to construct an arresting piece. Stream “Hero Brother” below and look for the full LP on August 20th.