ANNOUNCING: Sarah Kirkland Snider's "Unremembered"



the new album from Sarah Kirkland SnideR

featuring Padma Newsome, DM StitH, and Shara Worden

Coming september 9, 2015

"[Snider is] among the brightest lights to emerge in recent seasons." - Time Out New York

"[Snider's music is] ravishingly melancholy..." - the New York Times

"Snider's music lives increasingly populous inter-genre space that,  as of yet, has produced only a few clear, confident voices. Snider is perhaps the most sophisticated of them all." - Pitchfork

"[Snider is] a potentially significant voice 
on the American music landscape." - Philadephia Inquirer

New Amsterdam Records is proud to announce the forthcoming release of composer Sarah Kirkland Snider's Unremembered - an hour-long, thirteen-part song cycle for seven voices, chamber orchestra, and electronics, inspired by poems and illustrations by writer and visual artist Nathaniel Bellows (W.W. Norton, HarperCollins). Four years in the making, the studio recording of Unremembered, featuring vocalists Padma Newsome (Clogs), DM Stith, and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and the Unremembered Orchestra (members of ACME, Alarm Will Sound, ICE, The Knights, So Percussion), conducted by Edwin Outwater (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony) will be released September 9, 2015 on CD, 2xLP, and limited-edition white vinyl 2xLP.

Unremembered is the highly-anticipated follow-up album to Snider's widely-acclaimed 2010 song cycle Penelope, which was named the "year's most affecting creation" by Time Out New York (Top Classical Album of 2010) and praised in countless other publications, including Pitchfork ("No matter what perspective you bring to this album, it bears profound rewards"), the New York Times ("rapturous"), the LA Times ("haunting...piercing melancholy") and NPR, who named Penelope one of "The 5 Best Genre-Defying Albums of 2010." Employing a broader instrumental and temperamental palette than she used for PenelopeUnremembered again demonstrates Snider's mastery of both lyric and narrative line and the arsenal of tools she uses to layer, contrast, weave, and construct her ideas. It is work that explores restraint and tumult, the argument of the heart and the mind, vast atmospheric expansiveness, and the myriad territories of intimacy.

Produced by Lawson White and Sarah Kirkland Snider, Unremembered was mixed by GRAMMY Award-winning mixer Andrew Scheps and mastered by GRAMMY Award-winning mastering engineer Chris Bellman. Sound design was created by Michael Hammond (No Lands), Lawson White, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. Both LP and CD formats include hand-drawn illustrations by Nathaniel Bellows and original artwork by DM Stith.

Unremembered track list:

1. Prelude

2. The Estate

3. The Barn

4. The Guest

5. The Slaughterhouse

6. The Girl

7. The Swan

8. The Witch

9. The River

10. The Speakers

11. The Orchard

12. The Song

13. The Past


Sarah Kirkland Snider's Unremembered Upcoming Performances:

4/23 - Memorial Hall - Chapel Hill, NC %

4/24 - Meymandi Concert Hall - Raleigh, NC %

4/25 - Meymandi Concert Hall - Raleigh, NC %

7/5 - Stern Grove, Golden Gate Park - San Francisco, CA ^

% - w/Shara Worden & North Carolina Symphony, 3 songs from Unremembered

^ - w/Shara Worden & San Francisco Symphony, 3 songs from Unremembered