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Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry Releases Brilliant 'Music For Heart and Breath' on Deutsche Grammophon

By Maria Jean Sullivan m.sullivan@classicalite.com on Sep 12, 2014 01:30 PM EDT

Here at Classicalite we have stayed on the indie-cum-classical genre that has been emerging as of late. And why not? From yMusic and The National’s Bryce Dessner to cellist/EDM-er Saum Ghosh and Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, it's hard, indeed, to deny the quality of such integrated tunes.

The latest seed to come to indie classical fruition is, fittingly, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Producer and multi-instrumentalist for the Grammy-winning gang of a band, Parry himself just released Music For Heart and Breath on Deutsche Grammophon--an LP of his own compositions featuring the Kronos Quartet. What makes this interesting is not only when he finds the time to compose and record his own project, but...why?

“I don’t have any interest in doing something more straightforward,” said Parry on the feel of his latest piece of work. “There’s enough straightforward music out there already.”

Parry’s first orchestral piece, “For Heart, Breath and Orchestra” is just abstract enough to prove his point. The piece was recorded by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony on their 2011 album, From Here On Out. Key elements of the cross-genre are seen in the symphony’s collaboration with Greenwood and Nico Muhly on the album.

“What I was craving was the opposite,” Perry explains on the difference between his solo efforts and those with Arcade Fire. “I was looking for quietude and introverted music. I wanted to feel the smallness of myself.”

Listen below as Richard Reed Parry performs "Interruptions for Heart and Breath" with Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Owen Pallett, Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, Gaspar Claus, Kyle Resnick and Dave Nelson.

Get a load of what music sounds like when stethoscopes are a part of the recording process.

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