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Be Brave

by My Brightest Diamond

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The impending demise of the Adélie penguins. The death of composer Henryk Górecki. The bombing of South Korea. The house arrest of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. Alarming increases in human trafficking and sexual slavery. Tsunami in Chili. Oil spills. The flood in Pakistan.

“Be Brave,” the first video from My Brightest Diamond’s third and forthcoming album All Things Will Unwind, is frontwoman Shara Worden’s response to a world unwinding. It is her rain dance, her attempt to influence and change things seemingly outside her control. But it’s also an inner dialogue, Shara to Shara, a blistering plea/lecture/pep talk to get her gameface on and do something tangible and real about injustice - including singing and dancing.

“In November,” says Worden, “the great composer Gorecki died and I remember that weekend clearly, listening to the work and reading the lyrics in his beautiful Symphony No. 3, the lament of a mother who has lost her son in war. This was the context in which I started writing [‘Be Brave’].”

Like the entirety of All Things Will Unwind, “Be Brave” features celebrated New York City chamber ensemble yMusic. DM Stith provides backing vocals. Jessica Dessner dances in the video. Pat Dillett, producer and engineer for David Bryne, Laurie Anderson, They Might be Giants, Mary J. Blige, The National, and many others, engineered and mixed the song in New York City.

Prefuse 73 provides a remix of "Be Brave" that escorts the song into something like a parade or a dance through labyrinthian caves, expanding the song's foundation into a direction of something scattered and dark. The third track, an alternate version performed with Son Lux, is a slightly reduced take; with the drums less pronounced, the song peeks around the corners and sometimes into mirrors.

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released September 20, 2011

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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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