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I Had Grown Wild

by My Brightest Diamond

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kleinfreund “There must be something in the water …”

Hard to criticize anything on this EP. The French version of “This Is My Head” is just as good and, well, “Say What” is so wonderfully weeping away to that clear voice and the carefully played guitar. Favorite track: Say What.
Robbie Duncan
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Robbie Duncan One of most thought provoking EPs I've listened to this year.
"Say What" is a masterpiece! Favorite track: Say What.
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Asher Love the guitar on 'Say What'. Favorite track: Say What.
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George Wallace "Say What" is, quietly weeping, one of the most moving and powerful protest songs of recent years. (Decades?) And for pure ethereal beauty, the French language version of "Apparition” is ... aces really. And the remixes are very fine. An EP/pendant to the "This Is My Hand" album, but fully worthy of attention on its own self-contained merits. Favorite track: Say What.
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Peter Hollo "Say What" is a beautiful song regardless of the lyrics, but what lyrics! Shades of "Black Boys on Mopeds" and "Strange Fruit" and so painfully timely.
The French versions of album tracks are rather lovely to listen to too. Favorite track: Say What.
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Say What 03:23
Apparition 05:46
Bronze Head 03:00


“I Had Grown Wild” is the culminative EP in a series of releases that began in 2014, and is the followup to the success My Brightest Diamond’s 2014 full-length “This Is My Hand.” This EP of five tracks includes two new original songs from MBD, and a remix of “This Is My Hand” in both English and French.

The EP begins and ends with a minimalist but driving remix of the LP’s title track, “This Is My Hand,” first sung in French, then in English. "Say What", inspired by a poem by Staceyann Chin, recontextualizes images from Billy Holiday's "Strange Fruit" and issues a challenge to compare and contrast the experience of black and white Americans. Continuing on the subject of children, "Bronze Head" lets off the steam with text taken directly from William Butler Yeats' poem by the same name. Birth, the body, and the afterlife all take their places on this EP, with the concluding song "Apparition". Since first singing Stephane (2 accents needed) Mallarme's poem set by Claude Debussy for the song cycle "Quatre chansons de jeunesse" in college when she was studying classical voice, Shara fell in love with the image of the ghost who with glowing hair who leaves behind a trail of white bouquets of perfumed stars.


released May 19, 2015


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My Brightest Diamond Detroit, Michigan

Musical firebrand Shara Nova (formerly Worden) has continued to weave her own way through pop, experimental and classical worlds, this time landing squarely on the dance floor with A Million And One. Nova has marshaled the influences of a youth spent listening to Detroit radio into a visceral love letter to the city, an electronic pop record both vulnerable and full of a fierce fighter's spirit. ... more

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