Brendan Eder has a new album slated for the end of this month, including this particularly charismatic song first inspired by a drum hook on an Antonio Carlos Jobim album.With what became an agile Avalanches / DJ Shadow-style beat underneath, Eder's "The Spirit Of" bloomed into a pocket symphony—all butterflies, spring flowers and pastoral sunrises as Eder leads his woodwinds through ecstatic aerial acrobatics. (Van Dyke Parks would definitely get it.) " /> L.A. Record

VIDEO PREMIERE: BRENDAN EDER ENSEMBLE “THE SPIRIT OF” (F. COLLEEN GREEN + VERONICA BIANQUI)

April 3rd, 2020 | News

Iconoclastic L.A. composer Brendan Eder has a new album slated for the end of this month, including this particularly charismatic song first inspired by a drum hook on an Antonio Carlos Jobim album. With what became an agile Avalanches / DJ Shadow-style beat underneath, Eder’s “The Spirit Of” bloomed into a pocket symphony—all butterflies, spring flowers and pastoral sunrises as Eder leads his woodwinds through ecstatic aerial acrobatics. (Van Dyke Parks would definitely get it.)

And that’s all before vocalists Veronica Bianqui and L.A. RECORD cover alum Colleen Green arise for the finale, which slides that Jobim vibe sideways into something that sounds like the joyous climactic movement of Os Mutantes‘ “Panis et Circenses.” (They sung about the sun, you’ll remember.) Chamber pop is a concept a little swamped in its own ambiguous definition in 2020—especially now, when people would love to escape whatever chamber in which they’re confined—but if it’s out there still, this is it. Eder’s ensemble dissolves the walls to let in more light. Maybe that’s the spirit at work here? Says Eder:

“This is definitely one of my favorite pieces off the album. The idea started when I heard a moment in a Jobim song. He used the idea in a passing moment, but I wanted to keep hearing it repeat. I stole from that moment, which is the phrase when the drums first enter the song. That’s often how these things start: one little spark [starts] the fire for a whole composition. 

A few months had passed since I recorded the album, and I felt the itch to add vocals. Colleen and Veronica’s voices both came to mind, and I wrote the vocal arrangement with them in mind. They crushed it, and so did everyone else on the record.”

Eder’s To Mix With Time is out April 24, but you can get this song (as well as his recent Aphex Twin cover) here right now! Full credits below.

Music by Brendan Eder Ensemble
Animations by Rufus Paisley
Edited by Brendan Eder

Brendan Eder – drums, synths
Henry Solomon – alto sax
Sarah Robinson – flute
Amber Wyman – bassoon
Vincent Camuglia – clarinets
Logan Kane – electric bass

Colleen Green – vocals
Veronica Bianqui – vocals
Adam Ratner – guitar

Written and produced by Brendan Eder (BMI)
Released April 3, 2020
Recorded at Comp-ny Studios, Burbank, CA
Engineered by Be Hussey
Mixed by Brendan Eder
Mastered by Daddy Kev
Album Art by Cody Berry