Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry announced sophomore solo album, Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1, out September 21. The multi-instrumentalist shared two tracks off the new record, “On the Ground” and “Sai No Kawara (River of Death),” in an animated video directed by Parry and Caleb Wood.
Check it out below.
This album will follow up 2014’s Music for Heart and Breath, which he produced with an orchestra who wore stethoscopes so that they could play to the rhythm of their own heart rates and breathing.
The upcoming record will accompany Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2, to come out “on the 2019 spring equinox.” The projects were inspired in part by a trip to Japan and “death poems.” Parry shared in a statement:
The song ‘On the Ground’ was inspired by an encounter with ghost voices in a Japanese forest near a temple on the sacred mountain Koya-Sān. I told director Caleb Wood the story—of being alone in this magical environment of giant cedar trees and hearing a loud chorus of powerful harmony singing that sounded inexplicably identical to my late father’s folk band the Friends of Fiddler’s Green, who were the soundtrack to my entire childhood and upbringing.”