In Philadelphia’s Shaking Through series, artists are filmed recording a complete song over the course of two days from start to finish in the studio. The project — a collaboration between Weathervane Music and WXPN — premiered a few years back with the debut of Sharon Van Etten’s “Love More,” featuring SVE/Sufjan Stevens collaborator Cat Martino. Now Martino returns along with Stevens, Man Man’s Chris Powell, and a brand new tune in tow.
Given last year’s excellent Yr Not Alone and our discussion of the collaborative process in an interview with Martino upon the LP’s release, it’s exciting to finally catch a visual version of what sounded like an inspired approach to writing and recording. The footage with Stevens and Co. isn’t the best part, though: it’s watching the track bloom with the help of producer Brian McTear and engineer Jonathan Low. The result is stunning. Hear/watch below: