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All Things Will Unwind

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All Things Will Unwind is the third, stunning offer from Detroit based experimental pop chanteuse-My Brightest Diamond, aka Shara Worden. Known for her many colloborations with indie rock royalty as well as her extraordinary original material, Worden is coming into her own as an artist and human on this 11 song recording. At once accessible and intelligent, the songs were written exclusively for celebrated chamber ensemble yMusic (Bon Iver, Antony & the Johnsons, The New York Philharmonic & Rufus Wainwright) and they are featured on each track. Grammy award-winning Pat Dillet recorded Unwind in New York City.

“We Added it Up” opens the record with a punchy, almost Ragtime acoustic guitar, suggesting Cabaret by way of Carolina. Worden’s voice, ever mesmerizing, dances between the notes in a clever narrative of love’s opposites, then joins a rousing call and response chorus on the song’s finale. The range of influences on All Things Will Unwind are as eclectic as its’ author, but listeners will recognize hints of Roberta Flack, Regina Specktor, Edith Piaf and Antony & The Johnsons throughout the album. Inspired by becoming a mother, chats with legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson, presidential addresses, and class warfare, Worden is metabolizing her influences as only she can- with playful, profound originality.

Since recording My Brightest Diamond’s critically acclaimed sophomore album A Thousand Shark’s Teeth, Shara has returned to Detroit, where she grew up in a family of musical evangelists. She is drawing inspiration from the motor city’s unique struggles. On “High Low Middle” Worden takes us to the center of Detroit’s unemployment crisis, in a catchy, vaudevillian protest song that would make Woodie Guthrie proud:

Righteous heathen

Blinded and seein

You’re next you’re before

You’re pompous you are poor

Your hungry yet strangely your working like crazy

All Things Will Unwind is a picture of an artist maturing; considering joy and pain, beauty and horror, yet bravely standing in the tension between the two- and singing about it. The record closes with “I Have Never Loved Someone” and finds Shara dipping into her soothing alto, singing to her newborn son; the pedals of the pump organ creak under the vocal, evoking visions of a cradle gently rocking:

I have never loved someone the way I love you

I have never seen a smile like yours

And if you grow up to be king or clown or pauper,

I will say you are my favorite one in town

Yet even in a lullaby, one that could easily be a classic, Shara is still Shara:

And when I grow to be a poppy in the graveyard

I will send you all my love upon the breeze

And if the breeze won’t blow your way

…I will find some other way to tell you, you’re ok

She closes the album repeating you’re ok, against the swell of an angelic choir, assuring her son, herself, and the listener- in this world of opposites “ok” – like this remarkable album-is a well-earned triumph.

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released October 18, 2011

Written, Arranged & Produced by Shara Worden*
Co-Produced by Rob Moose
*High Low Middle written by Brian Wolfe & Shara
*Ding Dang written by Tim Fite & Shara
*Everything is in Line written by DM Stith & Shara

yMusic is Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota, Clarice Jensen, Hideaki Aomori, Alex Sopp & CJ Camerieri.

Violin, Guitars & Banjo: Rob Moose
Viola: Nadia Sirota
Cello: Brian Snow
Clarinet & Bass Clarinet: Hideaki Aomori
Flute & Piccolo: Alex Sopp
Trumpet, Horn & Pump Organ: CJ Camerieri
Drums: Brian Wolfe
Bass, Piano & Moog: Brad Albetta
Marimba, Pianet, Prepared Piano, Roland RS-09, Roland Jupiter 8, Guitar, Mellotron,
Vibes, Celesta, Wurlitzer, Orchestron & Bells: Zac Rae
Percussion on Ding Dang : Justin Riddle
Celeste, Fireball, Clangs & Dangs, Synth Bass on
Ding Dang: Tim Fite
Rhodes on High Low Middle : Thomas Bartlett
Vocals & Acoustic Guitar: DM Stith

Vocals, Baritone Ukelele, Bells, Autoharp, Mbira & Pump Organ: Shara Worden

Engineered & Mixed by Pat Dillett
Assistant Engineer Jon Altschuler
Zac Rae sessions recorded at The Bank
Zac Rae sessions engineered by Ehren Ebbage
Mastered by UE Nastasi at Sterling Sound

Hairsculpture : Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, a.k.a. Shoplifter
(Sculpture made with Synthetic Hair)
Assistant to Shoplifter: Lena Hawkins
Photography: Denny Renshaw
Hat by Emilliner
Art design & layout: DM Stith
Makeup: Thora Gudmundsdóttir

Makeup for Clarice: Jules Waldkoetter
Mask created by : Lake Simons

Shara Worden uses Mya-Moe ukeleles

Thank you James Worden, the Asthmatic Kitty family, Lowell Brams, Michael Kaufmann, John Beeler, Tom Davies, Sufjan Stevens, Mary Brabec, Phyllis Belezos, Rosemary Carroll & Gillian Malken, Patrick Templeman, Elaine Zeberkiewicz & Phil Sarna at PS Business Management, Jeff Pachman, Paul Lamden at Domino Publishing, Shil Patel at Team Clermont, Roxanne Oldham and Brian Grushkin at Mixtape, Judy Miller Silverman at Motormouthmedia, Nathan Lithgow, Jessica Dessner, Murat Eyuboglu, Alex Craig, Aaron Craig, David Sarno, Noelle Marinelli, Charles Cermele, Judd Greenstein, Nadine Goellner, Dick Connette at 2nd Story, Sarah Kirkland Snider & Steve Mackey, Ben West, Kristi Sword, Gabriel Kahane, A. Bogs, Ted Poor, Bryce Dessner, Detroit revolutionaries, and our friends & families for your support.

To Constantine.

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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: We Added It Up
There was you there was me
We never could agree
If I was up you were down
You were there I was here
A grand puppeteer stuck it all together

If I was cat you were a dog
If I was tied up you were a hog
If I was flat you were a ball
If I was charge then you were cash
If I was tots your were the mash
If I was loud then you were shhhhh

We added up
We added up to zero zero
Flying neutrinos fly through
My skin my hair my feet
What a pair of disagreeable agreeables
Your hands my hips your grip
What a fit of exhausting inexhaustables

Fusion makes the world go round
Confusion with the making of all that sound
Oh I hear a quieter voice
It says, “love binds the world,
love binds the world forever and ever”
Track Name: Reaching Through to the Other Side
Though there is stillness I can hear a heartbeat
Though I can’t see you I can hear a sound
Through a veil I feel a hand near me
Reaching through to the other side

I receive this body mine
From womb to grave
I now walk an ancient line
One foot follows the other
This stone, this finite place
Is it limitless?

To touch the boundless
I hear a measureless rise
It seems so wondrous
Just to be alive

Hindrances, distresses of substance
I turn them over
Those forgotten I remember
And gather them up in my arms
Like some magic thing twisted and winding
It carries me on

Oh how gorgeous, oh how gorgeous to struggle now
To struggle now in time
Track Name: In The Beginning
In the beginning there was a spark
Like two great cymbals clanging we met head on
There was no time
All of life suspended
And when you spoke one heart jumped into action

This the oldest story this the finest tale
Our time, our question awaits
Will we seize it
Can we catch it, our reel to reel
My only chance at this
I will take hold of it

This glorious day the earth is shaking hallelujah
And I will join the unending hymn hallelujah

No matter no matter no matter what
Track Name: Escape Routes
It takes a lifetime to learn how to love
It starts with a flicker that bursts into flame
Then it fades to an ember with fights
and with fingers pointing out blame

Oh to exercise the act
of falling in love with you over and over and over

Let’s close off all our escape routes
Let’s not put it off tonight
Let’s close off all our escape routes
We can have it all tonight

It takes a lifetime to learn how to love
Most the time I’m taking too much in my turn
But I yearn for your closeness and a gentle return

My arms snake around yours
Your lips open explore
These promises we have saved
They hold us
They hold and maintain
Track Name: Be Brave
I am a bird in water, a whale on sand
I am the flood, the fire, the oil spill
I’m feeling scared and I am overwhelmed
And so I don my mask and finger bells

Sh-Sh-Sh-Shara now get to work
Sh-Sh-Sh-Shara this is going to hurt

Be brave dear one
Be ye changed or be ye undone

I am slave, I’m under house arrest
I am the beater, I am beaten for less
Than being punk and feeling anger swell
And so I don my beaded dress and finger bells

It’s so hard, it’s so heavy
To be hungry, to be happy
It’s so light, it’s so easy just to be

Oh God, what would you do with me
Oh God, what’s my responsibility
Track Name: She Does Not Brave the War
She does not know the fruit of her labor
She does not rest ‘til late each evening
She does not know her beauty grows with age
She does not brave the war, but she saves the day

She does not hear words to flatter
She does not take much ease or pleasure
She does not wait to love
She does not bend or break or run away
She does not brave the war, but she saves the day

She does not build the fortresses or touch the farthest moon
She does not climb the ladder, nor hold the silver spoon
She does not make the history lists, nor do monuments portray
She does not brave the war, but she saves the day
Track Name: Ding Dang
You were workin’ for a man behind a velvet curtain
You were good and you were certain of what you were headed for
But then snap kerplam kalamazoo
Low and behold he was lyin’ to you
And with revelation come repercussions
That have you at your end
In a great S.N.A.F.U your arrow bends

Did you set your sights upon a target moving
Did you hope in some fickle false fable
A glass is at the top, but the diamonds on the bottom
What is a rightful dream or a better expectation

All things are not as they appear
That which was far has become near
In a great S.N.A.F.U it comes but disappears

All things are not as they appear
That which was far has become near
In a twist or two you’re grinning ear to ear
Track Name: There's a Rat
There’s a rat in the kitchen and he’s eatin’ my cheese
Eatin’ my cheese, eatin’ my cheese
A rat in the kitchen and he’s eatin’ my cheese
Eatin’ my cheese alright

There’s a snake in the cellar and he’s drinkin’ my wine
Drinkin’ my wine, drinkin’ my wine
A snake in the cellar and he’s drinkin’ my wine
Drinkin’ my wine alright

Well I ain’t gonna let ya keep on eatin’ and eatin’ and eatin’
Ain’t gonna let ya keep on takin’ and takin’ and takin’
I’m gonna treat ya like the mouse that you are
Creepin’ in and eatin’ up my house you are
I ain’t gonna stand it
I am gonna turn ya out crack snap trap
This is my home step back!


There’s a moth in the closet and he’s eatin’ my clothes
A mole in my garden and he’s chewin’ my hose
A bird in the attic and he’s stealin’ my song
A man at the door and his motive is wrong

Oh bankers, lawyers, thieves!
Gov’ners, mayors, police!

……………………………………

Oh bankers, lawyers, thieves!
Cheaters, dealers, disease!

No I ain’t gonna let ya keep on eatin’ and eatin’ and eatin’
Ain’t gonna let ya keep on takin’ and takin’ and takin’
I’m gonna treat ya like the mouse that you are
Creepin’ in and eatin’ up my house you are
I ain’t gonna stand it
I am gonna turn ya out crack snap trap
This is my home step back!
Track Name: High Low Middle
When you’re privileged you don’t even know you’re privileged
When you’re not, you know
When you’re happy you don’t even know you’re happy
When you’re not, you know

Righteous heathen
Blinded and seeing
You’re next you’re before
You’re pompous you are poor
You’re hungry yet strangely
You’re working like crazy
Selling buying
Laughing and crying

High low middle
High low middle
High low middle
Keep yourself low, but not too low

Saving wasting
Dying for a tasting
Banging for a buck
And you’re shit and out of luck

Are you fat or are you eating up your hat
Are you fat
Are you

High low middle
High low middle
High low middle
Keep yourself low, but not too low

Lord help you when you’re growing old
Lord help you when you’re tired and cold
Lord help you when the dealings done
Lord help you when the gettin's gone
Track Name: Everything is in Line
Come sit next to me and tell me what you saw
Six blackbirds flying north
Icicles dropping from the rooftops

Come sit next to me and tell me where you’ve been
You seem a little out of breath
I ran down to Mr. Kimball’s house and then I turned right back around

Everything is in line all things will unwind

Come sit next to me and tell me what you dream
One day I’m gonna sail across the mountains in a hot air balloon
I don’t doubt you, no I don’t doubt you

I’m so sorry I forgot your birthday
A wish upon a card of peacock blue
I’m so sorry I forgot your birthday
How are you

Everything is in line all things will unwind

How can you say that
How can you?
Upside is downside
Downside is up
The tide is not subsiding

I don’t doubt you, no I don’t doubt you, no I won’t
Everything is in line all things will unwind
Track Name: I Have Never Loved Someone
I have never loved someone the way I love you
I have never seen a smile like yours
And if you grow to be a king or clown or pauper
I will say you are my favorite one in town

I have never held a hand so soft and sacred
When I hear your laugh I know heaven’s key
And when I grow to be a poppy in the graveyard
I will send you all my love upon the breeze

And if the breeze won’t blow your way, I will be the sun
And if the sun won’t shine your way, I will be the rain
And if the rain won’t wash away all your aches and pains
I will find some other way to tell you you’re okay