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Shara Worden (a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond) Talks Latest Album 'This Is My Hand,' Dance Music and Other Inspirations on Bandcamp

By Maria Jean Sullivan m.sullivan@classicalite.com on Sep 11, 2014 05:21 PM EDT

Shara Worden, better known as her stage moniker My Brightest Diamond, will release her latest album, This Is My Hand, on September 16. The fourth in her discography, My Brightest Diamond follows 2011’s All Things Will Unwind (featuring Classicalite favorites yMusic).

In anticipation, Will Robin over at the Bandcamp blog recently caught up with Worden to explore the thematic compositions featured in My Brightest Diamond's newest--and how she got there.

“Here was this record where I was trying to make dance music, and I realized that I really can’t,” said Worden on how she had been pulled away from her desire to dance during most of her career. “I figured out that people were not going to take me seriously as a woman, and so I stopped dancing,” she said. “There was a lot of baggage, so I became more and more intellectual, even though I’m a really intuitive and emotional perso--and I also really love to dance. But in my own mind, I really wasn’t able to, because I wasn’t going to be taken seriously.”

This Is My Hand, then, is as Worden puts it, “literally this ritual of me taking back my body, for myself.”

Her latest album not only allows her to garner melodic soundscapes, it permits her to be happy with her self and her body. To construct the sonic tapestries, Worden found inspiration in the form of three books on myth, music and human evolution: Jared Diamond’s The Third Chimpanzee, Daniel Levitin’s The World in Six Songs and Robert Graves’ The White Goddess.

“What does the modern tribe look like?” she wondered. “We’re such a fragmented culture. I thought, ‘Okay, what if the concert becomes the tribe, and we’re only a tribe for a single night?’”

Watch below the official video for "Pressure."

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