It’s coming: Austin City Limits Music Festival takes over Zilker Park Oct. 3-5 and 10-12. Leading up to the fest, we’ll shine the spotlight on some of the artists you might not have heard of in this year’s lineup.
Artist: My Brightest Diamond
At the fest: Sat., Oct. 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Bevintel Stage; Sat., Oct. 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Zilker Stage
A University of North Texas music grad and Arkansas baby, multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden’s sonic influences and biography are probably inseperable. Anyone who grew up the daughter of a Pentecostal organist mother and accordion player father, traveled to Russia to record an early EP, studied opera in New York and pals around with The Decemberists is going to sound like a clattering, soaring, indie pop Rube Goldberg.
The key to Worden’s best known musical project, My Brightest Diamond, is knowing that she’s bosom buddies with emotional-bro-slash-chill-mystic Sufjan Stevens. Worden and Stevens are frequent collaborators and share a contemplative spirituality and orchestral geekiness to their music. Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label released all three of the band’s albums, with fourth LP "This Is My Hand" set to drop Sept. 16.
For a taste of My Brightest Diamond’s sound, look no further than her most well-known song and her most recent. On 2011’s "I Have Never Loved Someone," Worden’s windy operatics envelop a gorgeous baroque lullaby. On new single "Pressure," Worden sounds like latter-day David Bowie leading a marching band. My Brightest Diamond’s late afternoon ACL set could be a lush respite before the second-tier acts go on. Hopefully, her more ponderous instincts won’t melt into the late afternoon heat.
Could share a bill with: Arcade Fire, Björk, Bat For Lashes, a Tilda Swinton DJ set (which is a thing, as it should be)