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Tin Hat

The Rain Is A Handsome Animal: 17 Songs From E.E. Cummings

Tin Hat: The Rain Is A Handsome Animal: 17 Songs From E.E. Cummings (New Amsterdam Records)

Tin Hat (Carla Kihlstedt, Ben Goldberg, Rob Reich, Mark Orton) plays 17 songs based from the poetry of E.E Cummings, introspective and melodic pieces that range from joyful to sinister, moving through a variety of musical styles.

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UPC: 884501749763

Label: New Amsterdam Records
Catalog ID: NWAM040
Squidco Product Code: 16928

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Mark Orton at Dead Aunt Thelma's, Portland, OR.


Carla Kihlstedt-voice, violins, viola, bass harmonica

Ben Goldberg-clarinet, contra alto clarinet

Rob Reich-accordion, piano

Mark Orton-guitar, dobro, pump organ, prepared piano

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track listing:

1. A Cloud On A Leaf 4:01

2. The Rain Is A Handsome Animal 4:24

3. Sweet Spring (Arr. C. Kihlstedt And M. Orton) 4:24

4. If Up's The Word 4:50

5. Open His Head 2:49

6. Unchanging 3:41

7. Buffalo Bill 3:33

8. Enormous Room 7:15

9. So Shy Shy Shy 1:41

10. 2 Little Whos 4:41

11. Yes Is A Pleasant Country 2:46

12. Grapefruit 6:09

13. Human Rind 4:42

14. Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town 4:31

15. Diminutive 2:28

16. Little I 3:49

17. Now (More Near Ourselves Than We) 3:20
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"17 Songs From E.E. Cummings - The music of Tin Hat is born of long-standing friendships and deep musical connections. It is subtle, introspective and generous, with the uncanny ability to be both melancholy and joyful, sprightly and sinister. Collectively, the group's writing focuses on evocative melodies, subtle textures and elegant arrangements, moving through the musical languages of folk, classical, Americana, and countless others."-New Amsterdam Records

Artist Biographies:

"Carla Kihlstedt (born 1971) is an American composer, violinist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and currently working from a home studio on Cape Cod.

She is a founding member of Tin Hat Trio (1997, renamed Tin Hat), Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Book of Knots, Causing a Tiger and Rabbit Rabbit. Other musical projects include 2 Foot Yard, Charming Hostess and Minamo (Carla Kihlstedt & Satoko Fujii). She is a recognized classical composer who has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), has worked occasionally on projects with Tom Waits and Fred Frith, and recorded numerous albums as a guest or session musician. Kihlstedt has studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

In February 2012 she founded Rabbit Rabbit with her husband (and former Sleepytime Gorilla Museum drummer) Matthias Bossi. Rabbit Rabbit released their debut album, Rabbit Rabbit Radio - Vol. 1 in 2013. The band revolves around a song-a-month subscription website called Rabbit Rabbit Radio."

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