Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die ((world war)) (New LP)
$ 25.99

Label: International Anthem

Heavyweight Silver Foil Spot Print Jacket w/ Large Insert Poster & OBI Strip

From the label:

In July of 2022, just one month before jaimie branch’s death sent shockwaves around the world, the trumpet player and composer was in Chicago at International Anthem studios putting finishing touches on an album. It was a suite of music she had composed and then recorded with her flagship ensemble, Fly or Die, over the course of a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. In her wake, the album was near complete, with only mixing tweaks, final titles, and artwork to be fully realized. In the months following, her family (led by sister Kate Branch), her band (Jason Ajemian, Lester St. Louis, and Chad Taylor), and her collaborators at IARC banded together to gather memories, texts, emails, photographs, artwork and fragments belonging to jaimie to light the path forward. The goal was always to do what jaimie would have done. Packaged in stunning artwork by John Herndon, Damon Locks, and branch herself, Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die ((world war)) is jaimie’s final album with her Fly or Die quartet.

From the album's liner notes, written by jaimie's Fly or Die bandmates:

“jaimie never had small ideas. She always thought big. The minute you told her she couldn’t do something, or that something would be too difficult to accomplish, the more determined and focused she became. And this album is big. Far bigger and more demanding — for us, and for you — than any other Fly or Die record. For this, jaimie wanted to play with longer forms, more modulations, more noise, more singing, and as always, grooves and melodies. She was a dynamic melodicist. jaimie wanted this album to be lush, grand and full of life, just as she was. Every time we take a listen, we feel the deep imprint of her all over the music, and we see all of us making it together.” 


releases August 25, 2023

jaimie branch – trumpet, voice, keyboard, percussion, happy apple
Lester St. Louis – cello, voice, flute, marimba, keyboard
Jason Ajemian – double bass, electric bass, voice, marimba
Chad Taylor – drums, mbira, timpani, bells, marimba

-with special guests-
Nick Broste - trombone (on track 5 & 6)
Rob Frye - flute (track 5), bass clarinet (track 5, 6 & 7)
Akenya Seymour - voice (track 5)
Daniel Villarreal - conga and percussion (track 2, 5, 6 & 7)
Kuma Dog - voice (track 5)

All compositions by jaimie branch; except "and kuma walks” composed by jaimie branch, Lester St. Louis, Jason Ajemian & Chad Taylor; and “the mountain” composed by Curt Kirkwood (originally performed by The Meat Puppets as “Comin’ Down”).

Recorded at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE, April 25-29, 2022. Edits, overdubs and mixing at International Anthem Studios in Chicago, IL, July 18-23, 2022. Additional mixing at International Anthem Studios, August & December 2022.

Recorded by: Dave Vettraino
Edited by: jaimie branch & Dave Vettraino
Mixed by: Dave Vettraino & David Allen
Mastered by: David Allen

Cover Art by: jaimie branch & John Herndon
Cover Design by: Damon Locks
Photography by: Ben Semisch; courtesy of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Liner Notes by: Jason Ajemian, Lester St. Louis, and Chad Taylor; edited by Kate Branch.
Layout & Insert Design by: Craig Hansen