Tuesday, May 25, 2010

On Joyful Wings presents: Seven Swans Reimagined

In 2004, Sufjan Stevens took a break from his states project and released what, in my mind, is his greatest album to date, Seven Swans. When tossing around ideas of albums to cover, Seven Swans stood out amongst all the others. Described by one of the artists involved in this project as "essential and quietly strong", Seven Swans is one of those albums that reveals something new and different to each of us with every listen.

We have spent the last few months talking with Lenny Smith at Sounds Familyre Records, and Sufjan through him. With their help, we have been able to compile what we believe to be a very impressive and exciting group of artists.

On Joyful Wings presents: Seven Swans Reimagined will be released in March of 2011. We know that is a long ways away, we are looking into ways to make the time go faster. As before, proceeds from the sale of this album will be given to the Susan G Komen breast cancer foundation. We hope to have physical copies of the album available this year for those who still like to buy Cd's [like us]. Stay tuned to this blog as very shortly we will begin to release names of the artists involved. And if you don't own a copy, brush up on this amazing album by picking up a copy, or download it from iTunes.

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Review!

"On Joyful Wing's compilation We Were Lost, We Were Free is the best compilation I've ever heard, bar none."

It's nice to wake on a Monday to that kind of a review. Check out the review in it's entirety by clicking the title above.

Thank you to Stephen for the kind words, and support his blog Independent Clauses; this guy obviously has an ear for great music.

Info on our next release coming tomorrow!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Drum Roll, Please?!

We told you we have been working on a very special follow-up to this year's Cd release. I am pleased to inform you that the sequel has far exceeded even our own expectations.

For the second release by On Joyful Wings, we wanted to put together a track-by-track recreation of an album that was very special to us. Some of the albums considered were Neutral Milk Hotel's "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea"; The Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin"; The Postal Service's "Give Up". Much of our inspiration for the idea came from the tribute to Radiohead's "OK Computer" put together by Stereogum. You can check that out here.

After much debate, and many unreturned emails, we finally came up with the perfect album. The last few months have been spent trying to secure artists to cover the tracks from this album, and I am happy to say we are only 1 song away from completing our task.

Return to the blog next week Tuesday when we will reveal the details of our next album. And shortly after that, we will begin to unveil the artists involved.

Thanks again for all your support!!