Bryce Dessner is known as the guitarist of the American rock band The National. Less known is that the immense success of the band in the USA was more like an accident, because Dessner is a classical composer by nature. On "St. Carolyn By the Sea" he now brings his experience in composing complex orchestral pieces into harmony with his work in a rock band. His four compositions are dense and atmospheric, the electric guitar parts in which he divides himself with his twin brother Aaron - also guitarist at The National - are grandiosely tuned to the orchestral arrangements. Never before have rock and classical music been combined with such empathy to form a third music. Dessner is a musician who does not have to prove from the position of one genre that he understands the other. He's just at home in both of them, and you can hear that. The excerpts from the suite of "There Will Be Blood" by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, attached to the Dessner pieces, are clearly different in comparison.
Top track: St. Carolyn By The Sea