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    Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:56:54

    We Are the Willows' New Album Inspired by 350 WWII Love Letters - Hear a new song

    We Are the Willows will issue their new full-length album Picture (Portrait) Pt. 1 on November 4 on The Homestead Records. The Minneapolis-based six-piece have premiered the song "Dear Ms. Branstner" as a preview of the material found on the album.

    The lyrics and inspiration for all the songs comprising the album are derived from a series of 350 letters written by songwriter/frontman Peter Miller's grandfather to his grandmother while he was stationed in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. Their correspondence inspired Miller to explore themes of family, separation, life, death and identity in a time of national and personal crisis.

    It is a piece of history. Love letters from the war -- how romantic.

    Listen to the song and the sound of history inspiring music below.



    Like it? Then download it here.

    Free music is good. Free, good music is better.

    View select scanned images of the letters from Miller's grandfather at buzzfeed.

    We Are the Willows' orchestral indie-rock ensemble features Miller's unique countertenor voice and guitar, supported by Jeremiah Satterthwaite (guitar/banjo), Leah Ottman (violin/voice/keys), Hilary James (cello/voice/keys), Travis Collins (bass), and Stephen Lindquist (drums/voice). Together, they craft dynamic, intimate songs with instruments and voices combining to create energetic rhythms and intricate melodies. Their heartfelt arrangements evoke shared nostalgic feelings of love and loss.

    How cool is this concept?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    09.18.14



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