Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear & The National “Terrapin Station (Suite)” Song Credits
Daniel Rossen: vocals, guitar, synth, wurlitzer, piano
Christopher Bear: drums, vocals, synth
Aaron Dessner: electric guitar, OP1
Scott Devendorf: bass, vocals
Josh Kaufman: electric guitar, juno, rhodes, vocals
Conrad Doucette: drums, vocals
Amelia Bauer: vocals
Orchestration by Bryce Dessner
Orchestral percussion break composed by Bryce Dessner
Violin: Katie Hyun, Ben Russel, Emily Dagget Smith, Guillaume Pirard, Emily Popham Gillins, Caleb Burhans
Viola: Caitlin Lynch, Max Mandel
Cello: Clarice Jensen, Paul Wianko
Bass: Logan Coale
French Horn: Mike Atkinson, David Byrd, Rachel Drehmann
Trumpet: Brandon Ridenour
Trombone: Dave Nelson
Oboe: Julia Derosa
Chorus: Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Director, Dianne Berkun Menaker
Chorus: Bella Nigro, Camille Johnson, Akiya Henry, Naomie Azor, Maeve McNamara, Lily Pisano, Charlotte Knutsen, Mariana Weaver, Julia Harbutt, Sarah Abramson, Aliyah Weiss , Ariel Binns , Jake Montagnino, Izzi Stevenson, Morgan Colton, Sarah Sotomayor, Katy Urda, Frost Martin
Sō Percussion plays marimba, vibes, drum set, brake drum, pipes, wine bottles, triangle, maracas, shekere, Thai gongs, and almglocken.
Transcription of original orchestral parts by Stephen Feigenbaum
Produced by Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner and Josh Kaufman
Recorded by Jonathan Low at FuturePast in Hudson, NY and Nick Lloyd at Avatar
Mixed by Jonathan Low at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia, PA
Photography by Norman Jean Roy (http://www.njrstudio.com)
Edited by Marisa Gesualdi
This May, a Grateful Dead tribute titled Day of the Dead curated by The National’s Aaron & Bryce Dessner will be released. The project has been several years in the making, and so far sounds pretty great. The music is for a good cause, in conjunction with the Red Hot Organization. A note on the project’s website reads, “This is the 20th album of original music Red Hot has produced over the past 25 years to help raise awareness and money to fight HIV/AIDS and related health issues.”
Above you can listen to a 16+ minute indie rock spin on the Grateful Dead’s 1977 prog-rock opus “Terrapin Station.” The accompanying video gives a sneak peak of the musicians at work recording the song in what appears to be a church via black-and-white pictures.
The track was a collaboration between members of The National (Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, and Bryan Davendorf) and Grizzly Bear (Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear) along with some excellent musicians (see the “CREDITS” above) and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
Musically, they reinterpret the song beautifully while incorporating their unique twist with sound production and arrangement. Lush orchestration, rising crescendos, and psychedelic guitar riffs all play a role in delivering this stellar rendition.
Day of the Dead is scheduled to be released on May 20, 2016 via 4AD Records. Pick it up on Amazon. Last month, the record label 4AD shared five Day of the Dead songs recorded by The War on Drugs, Phosphorescent with Jenny Lewis & Friends, Bruce Hornsby with Justin Vernon and DeYarmond Edison, Courtney Barnett, and The National.
Source: 4AD YouTube