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il y a

by Griffin Brown

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This way 04:36
There is 05:04
History 04:23
Porcelain 06:54
Emmeline 04:34
A calque 03:46
There are 03:31


There is

There are


“There’s a boat sailed off with my beloved
There’s a thousand little pine trees bombed to hell here
There’s me moaning over a letter that has not come
There are crosses everywhere on both sides
There are the long tapering fingers of my girl”

– Apollinaire, from “Il y a” (tr. Donald Revell)


released March 5, 2021

Kalia Vandever – trombone (track 3), including engineering of part
Jack Broza – guitars (tracks 3 + 7), including engineering of parts
Mat Muntz – bass (track 3), including engineering of part

GB – compositions, texts; all other instruments + vocals; production; all other engineering; mixing + mastering

Watch the video for "20202020202020": www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3GiQBAz9-E

Watch the video for "Emmeline," starring Liz Dubois: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtfyh6bXOn0

Recorded/mixed/mastered in Brooklyn and Philadelphia (with one remote tracking by Mat Muntz done in Croatia), February–September 2020; December 2020

Cover photograph by Cyrus Duff

Executive consultants – Jack Broza and Eli Brown

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Griffin Brown Brooklyn, New York

Composer, poet, songwriter+vocalist, drummer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

Described by The Wire as “impressive” and “original,” Griffin's musical work spans idioms like jazz, concert music, electronic, experimental pop+rock, and improvised music.

Poems appear in The Paris Review, Plume, Poetry Northwest, Prelude, and elsewhere.

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