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Amoratorium is ready for the world

Amoratorium is ready for the world

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(Photo taken by Lizzy Shramko)

Over past few months, Paper Darts has been hammering away at molten poetry, music, and lyrics in collaboration with Brian Laidlaw to forge something that was wholly greater than its parts. Emerging from the darkest days of winter, our baby is finally ready to be unveiled.

Amoratorium is ready for the world and it is beautiful.

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(Photo taken by Allegra Lockstadt)

Part chapbook, part record sleeve, part lyric book, part poetry: this is Amoratorium. The hybrid format of the album is an experiment that Laidlaw has been carefully honing for over a decade. He started mixing poems with music while studying as an undergrad at Stanford University. Now he “translates” non-rhyming poetry into catchy, melodic lyrics using the same songwriting techniques he teaches students as a professor at McNally Smith College of Music.

The multimedia experiment first began about three or four five years ago, when Laidlaw was pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of Minnesota. He wrote an individual poem about Bonnie and decided that it was written by Clyde. Then he tried to move on. After repeatedly finding himself chronicling the couple’s relationship, myriad roster of crimes, and larger-than-life status as contemporary folk heroes, however, he decided to try to build the poems into a project of their own.

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(Photo taken by Allegra Lockstadt)

Paper Darts was more than happy to illuminate Laidlaw's music, giving it a physical form that music and poetry lovers alike could appreciate. The chapbook is crafted in beautiful, heavy-weight paper, with stunning illustrations by Allegra Lockstadt and art direction/design by Dakota Sexton. We combed over every detail to bring you an entire experience, from the second you turn the first page, to the last note you listen to on the record.

The project is funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board and by a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Grant.

You can stream the full album here. Photos of the live recording of the album are available here.

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(Photo taken by Ali Rogers)

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