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Following The Sad Machinery of Spring, a haunting meditation on the life and work of the Polish artist Bruno Schulz, and the breezy live album Foreign Legion, Tin Hat embarked on its most ambitious project to date: a 17 movement song-cycle using as lyrics the poetry of E E Cummings.

This project is a true meeting of the minds: Cumming’s broad earthshaking vision, the inspired compositions of all four members of the group, and, at the center, the brilliant singing of Carla Kihlstedt.  Intimate, warm, and robust, Carla’s singing perfectly complements Cumming’s tough-minded words, all set to some of the most beautiful and ambitious compositions in the group’s history.

The entire song-cycle, entitled the rain is a handsome animal, was released by New Amsterdam Records in 2012.

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