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The Los Angeles indie-choral group recently released its debut self-titled album, produced by Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee and featuring arrangements of rare and new tracks written for the chorus by a "chorus" of pop-music luminaries.

Reader Giveaway: Silver Lake Chorus LP – New Songs by Sia, Flaming Lips, Aimee Mann, Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, More

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The Silver Lake Chorus, a 26-voice Los Angeles indie-choral group, recently released its debut self-titled album, produced by Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee. Featuring arrangements of rare and new tracks written for the chorus by Sia, The Bird and The Bee, The New Pornographers, Tegan & Sarah, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), The Flaming Lips, Aimee Mann, and more, The Silver Lake Chorus is now out on Six Degrees Records.

And we have a copy of the vinyl version to give away. See below to enter.

On first hearing the chorus’s arrangement of Beck’s “Lonesome Tears,” Lee was blown away by how the song had been “reinvented into this massive Russian Gregorian chant.” Inspired, he proposed an original indie rock approach to the ancient choral art, signed on to produce their debut album, and reached out to a bevy of top artists, who responded with new music for the chorus.

The group has been featured on Studio 360 and in the Wall Street Journal, and on Consequence of Sound, Stereogum and more. The Silver Lake Chorus is now available at iTunes and at Amazon (see link below).

Here’s the video for “Overboard,” a song by Ben Lee himself, which was recently featured as KCRW’s top tune.


And here, in a very different mood, is their a capella version of Bon Iver’s “From the Snow-Tipped Hills”:


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