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Albums At Length: Death Cab for Cutie’s Transatlanticism: 10th Anniversary Edition

“Being a wordsmith has its own particular baggage that is perhaps a bit different from other avenues of artistic expression. Even a visual artist has the choice to go beyond representation, but most writers, to some degree, must rely on narrative.” Eric Gansworth looks back ten years after Death Cab for Cutie’s break-out album, Transatlanticism.

Albums At Length: Shearwater’s Fellow Travelers

“Probably every artist—no matter their art—has a moment of wondering what they can bring to the world that is new. The ultimate criterion for artistic genius seems to be originality. But as one of my friends said, ‘Nobody gives a bloke a hard time for recording Mozart, do they?’” Ayse Papatya Bucak kicks off our Albums At Length series with a look at Shearwater’s Fellow Travelers.

Composed

Seattle bassist and composer Jherek Bischoff talks about how his life growing up on the high seas prepared him for the extremely DIY recording process for his new art-pop album Composed.

Those Who Didn’t Run

Saxophonist Colin Stetson combines jazz musicianship, rock songcraft and the physicality of a grand slam final to create a truly unique and atavistically compelling sound. Stetson took a rare moment of mid-winter’s rest to talk to At Length about his breakout year, his physical limits and his rather daunting New Year’s resolution.

Claire Denis Film Scores – 1996 to 2009

Tindersticks have scored six of Claire Denis’ films, a collaboration unique on the indie side of the rock and film world. Stuart Staples talks about the origin and effect of a long partnership and explains why you won’t see the band in the credits of the Avatar sequel.

Electric Fruit

Mary Halvorson may be the future of jazz guitar, but her future might not be in jazz. She talks about Electric Fruit–her newest trio release with Weasel Walter and Peter Evans–crossing musical boundaries, and how planets can really mess up your life.

Solos

Matthew Friedberger, one half of the sibling nucleus of The Fiery Furnaces, talks about about his new recording series, Solos, in which he uses six different instruments to create six different albums, and his perversely scrupulous compulsion to leave audiences unsatisfied.

Shale and Sandstone

Jack-of-all-trades Douglas Kirby takes us on a trip through time, space and Shale and Sandstone, his new solo release under the name From a Fountain.

Oh and O

Markus Popp’s sonic project Oval has been credited with pioneering the influential genre called “glitch.” Now, after nearly a decade of silence, Oval has returned with a decidedly new musical direction. At Length speaks with Popp about this metamorphosis and previews a new track.

4D

At Length talks to musician and composer Matthew Shipp about his new record 4D, his influential work as curator of the groundbreaking and genre-smashing Blue Series for Thirsty Ear Records and his often difficult relationship with the jazz establishment.