This track is a version of the American national anthem sung by NYC performance artist and vocalist Adrienne Hecker with an electronic composition by UK audio visual artist Malcolm Litson. It acts as a sonic gateway into this side’s focus on events in New York City and its troubled skyline. This track in the live show visually explores the nostalgia for New York’s iconic Twin Towers and the nation’s residual memories of 911 five years on.
The lyrics in the Star-Spangled Banner come from “Defence of Fort McHenry”, a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in the War of 1812. Here the narrative of the lyrics are twisted around the more recent events of 911 and America’s ill fated War On Terror that followed. This modern telling of the song is reflected in the dark electronic mood scape of Malcolm Litson’s track that is peppered with patriotic electric guitar from Paris based musician Laurent Medelgi.
from True Fictions : New Adventures in Folklore
released September 28, 2014
Vocal : Adrienne Hecker
Grand Piano : Chris Chalfant
Double Bass : Tom Mayer
Electric Guitar : Laurent Medelgi
DVJ : Tim Cowie
Music Production & Arrangement : Malcom Litson
Additional Music : Jude Greenaway
Initial Arrangement and Recording Engineer : Ben Allen
Music Producer : Christopher Thomas Allen