These are the gorgeous previously unreleased instrumental tracks that led to the making of "The Bittersweet Constrain."
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After several Hollywood music supervisors asked Jill Tracy for an instrumental version of her song "Haunted by the Thought of You," she met with producer Alex Nahas while in New York City to remix the tune.
They both became more and more intrigued, as the absence of vocals invited many of the previously unused or little-heard tracks: strings, woodwinds, Chapman Stick, sarod, harmonium and others.
The experience of listening to the instrumental version was almost like hearing another song entirely.
So, they kept going! They remixed the entire album as a cinematic experience.
These arrangements feature all the original tracks, as the band played them, in their entirely. "Fade outs" have even been omitted--you'll hear exactly how the musicians tracked the parts in the studio.
Explains Jill Tracy: "This album is a completely transporting experience, because YOU fill in the blanks. The narrative is evoked by the listener. I've been so proud of my elegant and lavish arrangements on The Bittersweet Constrain, this version allows you to travel even deeper inside them.
There are so many artists who perform to my work- bellydancers, modern dancers, circus performers--plus filmmakers and writers inquiring about my scoring work--- This gives them all a chance to partake of something different within the chasm of songs they already know. I am excited by the possibilities and depths of this album."
released 11 January 2011
music by Jill Tracy
The Malcontent Orchestra:
Jill Tracy: piano
Randy Odell: drums, percussion, metals
Alex Nahas: Chapman stick, electric bass
Daniel Fabricant: contrabass
Tony Cross: violin, viola, harmonium
Erica Mulkey (Unwoman): cello
Nadine Whitfield: bassoon
Ralph Carney: bass flute, bass clarinet
Kenny Annis: sarod
engineered and produced by Alex Nahas
mastering by A.T. Michael MacDonald, AlgoRhythns, New York
photography by Michael Garlington
graphic design by Jill Tracy
make-up by Meagan Milano