Published Jul 30, 2013Although Richard Reed Parry is best known as a member of Arcade Fire, he's also branched out with various projects over the years, including Bell Orchestre and his Music for Heart & Breath composition. He also has a couple of new collaborations in the works, including his band Quiet River of Dust and a collection of songs with Dallas Good of the Sadies.
Quiet River of Dust inconspicuously debuted last December at All Tomorrow's Parties in the UK. The trio features Parry alongside Laurel Sprengelmeyer (a.k.a. Little Scream) and Stefan Schneider (Bell Orchestre, the Luyas). They've only played a small handful of shows, most recently at Guelph, ON's Hillside Festival.
Speaking with the CBC, Parry hesitated to call it a full-blown group, instead clarifying, "It is a group of songs, really, by that name, and it is also the name of us playing them, I guess. It's a band, but it's really a band that only exists to play this particular handful of songs called Quiet River of Dust."
He described the music as "folk songs that are very sonically immersive," and added that recordings are in the works, although the release details are still entirely up in the air. There are eight lengthy songs, with three more written that haven't been performed live.
In addition to playing with Quiet River of Dust at Hillside, Parry reportedly brought Dallas Good out onstage to perform a song with him. According to The A.V. Club's report, Parry said he and Good have been writing songs together for a few years now, penning about three tunes a year since meeting at the Dawson City Music Festival in 2008. Parry apparently joked that an album would be done "by the time I'm 40."
As previously announced, the Arcade Fire will release their fourth LP on October 29.