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A Thousand Shark's Teeth

by My Brightest Diamond

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Two years after the world formally met her via her acclaimed debut, Bring Me the Workhorse, Brooklyn, NY’s My Brightest Diamond – spearheaded by Shara Worden – has been established as one of independent music’s most vibrant, creative and original voices. And with A Thousand Shark’s Teeth, Diamond’s incredible, breathtaking sophomore release, we are all instantly reminded once more of Shara Worden’s undeniable greatness.

Charming, playful, daring, foreboding, graceful, eclectic, exciting and visceral: these are all the first words that come to mind after a full listen through A Thousand Shark’s Teeth. It is a record that evokes and challenges, full of the sorts of melodies and arrangements that stay with you long after the album’s stopped playing. Combining songs that were written both before and after the release of Bring Me the Workhorse, and produced and arranged by Shara herself, A Thousand Shark’s Teeth reflects different times, feelings, musical genres and facets of one’s personality, all perfectly sewn together by the powerful thread that is Shara’s dynamic voice.

Moving across the country every few years, singer/songwriter/arranger, Shara honed an eclectic musical taste, a degree in opera, a penchant for costumes, and a few years tutelage under composer Padma Newsome (Clogs/The National). After playing in Sufjan Stevens’ band, My Brightest Diamond struck out on her own, releasing Bring Me the Workhorse to widespread praise. Months of touring commenced, leading Diamond to share the stage with artists such as Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, The National, St. Vincent, Devotchka and more.

These diverse experiences helped shape A Thousand Shark’s Teeth. Originally meant to be a more classical, string quartet affair, the work slowly evolved and refined itself over a period of six years. The record, mixed by Husky Höskulds (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), was recorded in Berlin, Los Angeles and New York City, and features twenty different players all contributing little bits of musical magic. Influenced by artists such as Tricky, French composer Maurice Ravel and Tom Waits, in addition to the star exploration themes of Anslem Kiefer’s paintings, the imaginary landscapes of photographer Robert Parke Harrison, films by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Alice in Wonderland, A Thousand Shark’s Teeth is a musical snowglobe that sparkles each time you touch it. The songs, whose themes broach intimacy, kisses by moonlight, laundry, lost friendship and more, marry vast instrumentation – marimbas, harps, clarinets, French horns, rabid guitars, vibraphones to name a few – to create an unequaled amalgamation of style and color. In simple terms: it’s beautiful, and there’s nothing else quite like it.

Opener and first single “Inside A Boy” is classic Diamond – slippery guitars meet with gorgeous strings and Shara’s powerhouse voice, which folds nicely into “Ice and the Storm,” perhaps one of the finest songs Shara Worden has ever written, a driving foot-stomp of a tune full of swirling vocals, metallic crackles and a stuttering beat. “Black and Costaud” borrows lyrics from a Ravel opera and sees Diamond full of dramatic flourish, while “From the Top of the World” vibrates with soulful swagger, showing off Shara’s tremendous guitar playing. “Apples” is Diamond at her most coy, her vocal line delivered with quite a flirtatious smile, “Like a Sieve” twists a Tricky sample upside down, and “Goodbye Forever” swells with a string-heavy chorus as Shara sings of things lost in a fire, literally and figuratively, exploring both beauty and danger in a shark’s kiss.

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released June 17, 2008

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My Brightest Diamond Detroit, Michigan

As impressive as her list of recent collaborators, Shara Worden’s voice and arresting live performances have left audiences thunderstruck from the Sydney Opera house to Lincoln Center to the House of Blues. She’s performed under the experimental-pop moniker My Brightest Diamond for the last seven years, and counts The National, The Decemberists, Bon Iver, David Byrne as friends and fans. ... more

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Track Name: Inside a Boy
Inside a boy
I found the universe
And in his eyes are a thousand stars
On a dark sky
Ooooh
Ooooh

We are clouds, we are whispers
Like fawns and shapeshifters
Our ages can never be found out
Our edges keep moving farther on

We are stars colliding,
though we crash like lightning
into love. Love.
In his arms, I'm alive.
From his kiss, I'm falling into love.

We are stars colliding,
though we crash like lightning
into love. Love
Track Name: The Ice & The Storm
Open up your heart to me darling
You're resisting this bliss
You've been dreaming only of it
It's just like ice building up inside darling
We've accumulated too much miscommunication
In a beginning everything is soft
Not defensive
Perhaps we begin again shyly

I want to love you loosely
I want to love you loosely
So nothing is stopping me from receiving
From giving out

I want a storm to blow it out
I want to shake myself and turn my heart inside out

Let it go
Let it go
Let it go
Track Name: If I Were Queen
If I were queen
Then you and I'd be neighbours
I'd take you out each morning
For doughnuts and tea
Oh, close by...
Oh, close by...

If I were queen
Then you and I'd be neighbours
We'd collect things
And we could argue where to put them
Oh, close by...
Oh, close by...
Track Name: Apples
Sometimes in the Springtime
I like to see the apple blossoms with you
Sometimes in the Winter
I like to see the snow falling with you

Once we took apples from my grandfather's tree
But I had nowhere to plant the seed
So we baked them with sugar
and we ate them

Sometimes on Saturdays when it's raining
we do laundry
Especially then I like to watch you
fold so carefully the clothes
Especially then I like to watch you move your fingers slow
Track Name: Black & Costaud
Avec une menace doucereuse
Et des manières de champion de boxe

Black and costaud
Black and chic
Black, black, black
Jolly fellow, jolly fellow, black

I punch sir
I boxe you
I punch sir
I boxe you

Avec une menace doucereuse
Et des manières de champion de boxe

Black and costaud
Black and chic
Black, black, black
Black and thick and vrai beau gosse
Vrai beau gosse

I punch your nose
I knock you out
You stupid chose
I punch your nose
I marm'lad you
You stupid chose
Stupid chose

Avec ma voix je marm'lad' toi
Je marm'lad' toi
Costaud

Punch your nose
Black and costaud
Stupid chose
Track Name: To Pluto's Moon
How i tried to catch you while you ran ahead of me
I lassoed mars to see if you were hiding there
But you'd already ran past jupiter to pluto's moon
And my rope won't reach that moon

This is a state of electrical shock
You were so beautiful i thought you'd last forever
But you came and you went when the lights went out
You went like you came
In a light'ning bolt

Why did you go like this
I slam against the wall
It's crushing my skull
Why did you go like this
I slam against the wall of permanence

And like a ghost i am spinning
In circles the dance of pluto's moon
Track Name: Bass Player
Bass player
All alone
Makes a sound
Most wouldn't call a symphony

As he plays
Thinks of a maid
Sad and shuffling
She sings

Blow me a kiss
Before I drown
In sorrow me a kiss
Before I drown

He saw her
By the moon
Dress in hand
Her hips were swaying
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/m/my_brightest_diamond/bass_player.html ]
Melancholy tune
Broken buckles
Tired lips, ooh
She was singing

Blow me a kiss
Before I drown
In sorrow me a kiss
Before I drown

She said I wanna be with the stars tonight
So I can fly above the earth
I wanna be with the stars tonight
So I can fly above
I wanna be with the stars tonight
So I can fly above in laundry
Track Name: Goodbye Forever
Oh, to love
By fire, by flame
This old feeling
Insignificance
Insignificance

Then I can hear you
Brighter than the stars
Your voice is a razor blade

I can see you shining through the sun
You're so mysterious
Lose the hold
As I throw this
With a goodbye forever
Fear of exposure
Fear of exposure

Then I can hear you
Brighter than the stars
Your touch is lightening

I can feel you
Prickling like a thousand shark teeth
Prickling like a thousand shark teeth
Closer to me

Come closer to me
Come closer to me
Come closer to me
Come closer to me
Still
Track Name: Like a Sieve
I rest my head on water
I slip under
I descend into the deep

Past the rushes
Past the shipwrecks
Into my tears I float

And like a sieve
I'm catching leaves and sticks
I'm catching planks and fishes
So it washes through me clean
I'm run clean through