Sxip Shirey: In Awe Of The City Skyline

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Sxip Shirey's wistful "Brooklyn Bridge" captures a singer's unique, complicated romance with New York City. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sxip Shirey

Sxip Shirey's wistful "Brooklyn Bridge" captures a singer's unique, complicated romance with New York City.

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  • Song: "Brooklyn Bridge"
  • Artist: Sxip Shirey
  • CD: Sonic New York
  • Genre: Pop

Sxip Shirey is a New York-based composer and performer who makes music with found sounds. His endeavors could seem more like performance art than music, but Shirey is a gifted songwriter who merely finds ways to compose for unconventional and innovative projects such as Neil Gaiman's 2009 short film Statuesque. The work stars Bill Nighy and is silent save for Shirey's haunting score — marked by an assortment of moody piano melodies, bells and chimes — which sets the tone for a dramatic take on a Mannequin-esque love story.

With Sonic New York, Shirey again treads new ground, this time dedicating an entire album to his complicated relationship with New York City. The tone can be ambivalent, but "Brooklyn Bridge" is an unabashed two-minute love song — an acoustic-guitar-infused number that features Shirey and Aimee Curl on vocals. The sweet, wistful, romantic track captures perfectly the awe that comes with walking the Brooklyn Bridge on a breezy late-summer night, when the world disappears and it's just you, alone, facing the city skyline.

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