Yeasayer guitarist to release musical soundtrack album

Anand Wilder has collaborated with composer Maxwell Kardon on 'Break Line'

Yeasayer guitarist Anand Wilder is to release the soundtrack to a musical he has penned with composer Maxwell Kardon.

‘Break Line’ is set for release on July 14 on Mute and has been six years in the making. A press release says the album is “a classic tale of betrayal, pride and love lost set to music inspired by concept albums and rock operas of the 1970s.”

The songs tell a story that both of the men’s fathers had learned from a folk song about “a labour conflict in a Western Pennsylvania coal town”. Though branded as a ‘musical’, no information about a possible stage production of the record has been released. The music is said to be inspired by Gram Parsons as well as The Kinks and The Byrds.


Guest vocalists on the album include Chris Keating of Yeasayer and Dirty Projectors’ Haley Dekle, while the backing band features Yeasayer’s Ira Wolf Tuton as well as Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij.

The ‘Break Line’ tracklisting is:

‘Coal Into Diamonds’
‘Wedding Day’
‘Hold You Tight’
‘They’re Stealing Our Coal’
‘4th Of July’
‘Better To Die’
‘It Doesn’t Seem Right’
‘Fathers and Brothers’
‘I’m To Blame’
‘Hang Your Head High’