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mindscaper This is one of the very, very few songs I know that can actually make me tear up, but that happens because it contains so much /hope/ that I can't help but be moved so deeply. Thank you for that.
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Tandance WOW those beautiful voices, Love group of singers
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Mike Cawood-Campbell such a perfect song. was a turning point when I was on hospital really unwell with COVID-19. I bought found sound to. also perfect, beautiful and elegant. The picture is of me when I knew I could go home! There is something deeply spiritual about this. when I read the info. on bandcamp, could not believe it. The info was so startling in that it seemed so profound. Shards and Isolation choir just seemed perfect. The lyrics are very powerful. THANK YOU again..
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Lee Warden With an air of sadness and a glimmer of hope this is a beautiful song...
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With heavy heart I raise my chin As I see my numbers wearing thin. The sky hangs low and the light burns dim; I know not if I sink or swim. We know not yet what the future brings, But a bird’s still a bird without its wings. Each day, each day is a curious thing; If I can’t take flight then inside I’ll sing. My mind is clogged, my chest clings tight; Young faces turn to me in fright. With no clear ending now in sight I hold my children close at night. We know not yet what the future brings, But a bird’s still a bird without its wings. Each day, each day is a curious thing; If I can’t take flight then inside I’ll sing. Behind closed doors my spirit wanes, Still the sun shines bright through the window pane. And my voice rides high though my heart is strained; While my hopes run dry my strength remains.


Shards, the London-based experimental vocal ensemble, have enlisted fellow musicians to collaborate remotely as the Isolation Choir on a new composition by leader Kieran Brunt called ‘Inside I’ll Sing’. The song, a simple expression of the worries and hopes faced by musicians in the current crisis, was written in the first few days of the UK lockdown as all of the group’s national and international concerts were cancelled or postponed.

Speaking of the collaboration, Brunt says: “I reached out to musician friends in the UK and abroad to see if they would lend their voices to an ‘Isolation Choir’, and was overwhelmed by the positivity and enthusiasm that everyone responded with. Like me, many needed a distraction from current events and valued just being given a simple task to do. I recorded a demo of the song and sent out instructions on how to record at home with whatever means were available.”

The result is a sonic mosaic, pieced together by Brunt in his makeshift studio at home in London. The all-star lineup of musicians on the track includes Joe Newman (Alt-J), Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev), Douglas Dare, Anna Meredith and New York-based composer Nico Muhly.

In a stroke of luck and generosity, director and singer Fiona Jane Burgess offered the group some unused video footage to create an intimate and perfect visual accompaniment to accompany the track. Viewing her footage in a new light, with artists all over the globe forced to stay indoors, she rebuilt the narrative to poignantly complement the mood and emotion of the song.

‘Inside I’ll Sing’ is being released by Erased Tapes and all the proceeds from the recording will be donated to Help Musicians.

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Shards & Isolation Choir are

Ana Silvera
Anna Meredith
Douglas Dare
Fiona Jane Burgess
Gabriella Swallow
Hatis Noit
Héloïse Werner
Jack Lawrence-Jones
Joe Newman
Jonathan Donahue
Josephine Stephenson
Kate Huggett
Kieran Brunt
Luke Howard
Matt Huxley
Rose Martin
Red Moon
Sin Fang
William Doyle


released April 17, 2020

Vocal Solo: Douglas Dare, JFDR, Joe Newman, Kieran Brunt
Composer: Kieran Brunt
Arranger: Kieran Brunt, Nico Muhly
Lyricist: Kieran Brunt
Piano: Luke Howard

Published by Decca Publishing, a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd.

2020 Erased Tapes Records Ltd.


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Shards is the vocal-led project of singer, composer and producer Kieran Brunt.

Debut album Find Sound is intended to be read as a collection of short, sonic paintings, with each burst of colour adding to an overall picture of the emotional confusion of early adulthood: the uncertainty, the excitement, the terror and the relief. ... more

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