The Briars of North America are:
Gideon Crevoshay - Vocals, Keys, Mandolin
Jeremy Thal - Vocals, Horns, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizers
Greg Chudzik - Acoustic and Electric Bass
Simon Jermyn - Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar
Otto Hauser - Drums
Additional vocals by: Elana Belle Carroll (Sunnytown)
Additional sounds by: Cara Turett, Sara Kendall, Micah Maidenberg, Vanessa Smith, Lucas Jain, Felipe Damario
Two birds, splendid in flight, hit a glass window. Trees, hills, sky, apples, snow, heartache for one. Suburban houses, Maoists, lilies, driveways, french fries, heartbreak for the other. Their bodies are picked up off the ground by the spirit. It holds their warm broken bodies and nurses them back to health, in a box that floats strung along by butterflies high above this world, showing them things they'd long forgot. They travel for ages, or for instants, and remember the most important thing the spirit told them. They can't tell you what this is, but they sing it.
released 27 October 2011
All music and lyrics composed by Gideon Crevoshay and Jeremy Thal, except Night Thought (Jeremiah Ingalls) and Orisis (some words borrowed from Mr. Walt Whitman). Copyright 2011.
Recorded by Gideon Crevoshay and Jeremy Thal at Lost Cousin Studios in Hudson NY. Produced by Gideon and Jeremy with the help of Felipe Damario (who also plays drums on Sunnytown), Ezra Tenenbaum, and the inimitable beat-alchemists The Poison Brothers: Christopher Marianetti and Cameron Steele. Sunnytown mixed by John Guth with special thanks to Michael Levine.
In addition we'd like to thank everyone who gave us advice, feedback, and hugs along the way, especially Me'shell, Zara and Stefan, Naomi Morse, Kate Reeder, Schiller, Poison Brothers McGee & C-Salt, Pesach and Yoni Stadlin, the Ancram House and its lovely people, Jason Kass, Heather McInstosh, Shannekia McIntosh, Sam Merrett, Marcia Garcia, Annika Jermyn, Kylie Emers, Lawrence Caplan, Bob and Deborah, Erynn Sosinski, Sister Edmund, Joachim Badenhorst, Lewis Hyde, Meredith Monk, Rosie, Peter Sciscioli, Madeleine Asher, Joe Bergen, Matt Johnson, Ryan Murdock, Adam Miller, Naureen, Becky, Andrew 'Dizzy' Gillespie, Jeff Ratner, Little Bros Michael and Zachary and Big and Little Sis Eve and Laila, moms and pops, grams and gramps, niece Aria, little ones on their ways, Captain Nick, Nic Halverson, Ed and his drunk monkey song, Galit Seifan, Walt Whitman, John Lindaman, Derek Nievergelt, David Schneider, Kevin Hogan, Kevin Barker, the wavy kids at Horizons, Crossroads, and Rikers, Nathan Koci, Aaron Siegel, Ted Herne, Rob of Musica (thanks for letting us use your basement), Cara Turett for artistic design, and a bunch of other great people who inspired these songs. And a special appreciation to grandma carol, her inspiration, and her love.
The music of the Briars, who formed in 2009, reflects the journeys that brought them together. With elements of traditional
music, overlaid with lush horns, vocal harmonies, and otherworldly sounds, a complex aural universe is exposed to the listener. Their music evokes times past and times future, leading us firmly through the present.