The Wrens – “Crescent”

It’s been a long while since the Wrens offered their fans new sounds. In January 2009 they let us premiere “Marked Up” — and that was that. This new track “Crescent,” a demo for a song that’ll show up on the band’s followup to the Meadowlands, appears on Dear New Orleans, a 31-track New Orleans benefit compilation arriving on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I’ve only listened to it a couple of times, but it exudes an assured pulse and overall warmth that makes it feel like a familiar, well-worn classic.

(Via P4K)

Dear New Orleans is out 8/24 via Air Traffic Control. Proceeds go to a number of NO nonprofits. The tracklist:

01 OK Go – “Louisiana Land”
02 The Mendoza Line – “Catch a Collapsing Star”
03 The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello) – “Midnight in the City of Destruction”
04 Janet Bean and the Concertina Wire – “My Little Brigadoon”
05 Matt Sweeney and Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “Love in the Hot Afternoon”
06 Paul Sanchez – “Don’t Be Sure” (Feat. Shamarr Allen)
07 Alec Ounsworth – “Dr. So and So” (Feat. Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and John Boutte)
08 Steve Earle – “Dixieland”
09 Luke Reynolds – “Flood”
10 Jon Langford – “Last Fair Deal Gone Down”
11 Laura Veirs – “I Can See Your Tracks”
12 Vijay Iyer – “Threnody”
13 Jill Sobule – “Where Is Bobbie Gentry?”
14 Flobots – “Stand Up”
15 Rebecca Gates – “Doos”
16 The Wrens – “Crescent”
17 Indigo Girls – “Kid Fears” (Feat. Brandi Carlile)
18 Timothy Bracy’s Collection Agency – “Matching Scars”
19 Nellie McKay – “Late Again”
20 Blind Pilot – “I Buried a Bone”
21 Mirah – “NOLA” (Feat. Thao Nguyen)
22 Allison Moorer – “A Change Is Gonna Come”
23 2nd Chief David Montana – “The Change of Heart Man”
24 Wonderlick – “The American Way”
25 Bonerama – “Mr. Go”
26 Thao Nguyen and Bonerama – “Body”
27 Erin McKeown and Bonerama – “Blackbirds”
28 Nicole Atkins and Bonerama – “When the Levee Breaks”
29 Mike Mills and Bonerama – “Ohio” (Feat. Wayne Kramer and Dave Herlihy)
30 Wayne Kramer and Bonerama – “Kick Out the Jams” (Feat. Mike Mills, Erin McKeown, Nicole Atkins, and Martin Perna)
31 My Morning Jacket and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band – “Carnival Time”

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