As Smart As We Are (The Author Project)
A complete album of mysterious pop songs with lyrics written for One Ring Zero by seventeen of North America’s bestselling and prize-winning authors.
Jonathan Ames, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Clay McLeod Chapman, Dave Eggers, Amy Fusselman, Neil Gaiman, Myla Goldberg, Ben Greenman, Daniel Handler, A.M. Homes, Denis Johnson, Lawrence Krauser, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, Aaron Naparstek, and Darin Strauss.
Plus guest vocals by:
Frederik Blasco, Hanna Cheek, Olivier Conan, Allyssa Lamb, and Syd Straw.
The project began when Michael Hearst of the band One Ring Zero, soon after moving to Manhattan in 2001, sought out a small store he’d heard about that was founded by Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. The band was invited to perform at McSweeney’s events and soon met Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm, who invited them to perform and collaborate with him. Thus began a cascade of authors offering to write lyrics for the band. Winners of the Booker Prize, MacArthur Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award lined up to provide their lyric-writing services to the project.
…a well-orchestrated booby trap for music lovers everywhere… – Viggo Mortensen
…As Smart As We Are births the equation Atwood + Auster + Eggers + Lethem + Moody and the like + One Ring Zero = A Beautiful Shebang Of Literary And Aural Mischief. – The Village Voice
Accordions, organs, theremins, and the occasional brass horn and homemade instrument combine to make soundscapes that are both haunting and entertaining. – The New Yorker
2. Natty Man Blues (Paul Auster/ORZ)
3. Radio (Daniel Handler/ORZ)
4. We Both Have A Feeling That You Still Want Me (Darin Strauss/ORZ)
5. Kiss Me, You Brat (Rick Moody/ORZ)
6. Deposition Disposition (Lawrence Krauser/ORZ)
7. Half And Half (Clay McLeod Chapman/ORZ)
8. The Ghost Of Rita Gonzalo (Dave Eggers/ORZ)
9. Frankenstein Monster Song (Margaret Atwood/ORZ)
10. Honku (Aaron Naparstek/ORZ)
11. Blessing (Denis Johnson/ORZ)
12. On The Wall (Neil Gaiman/ORZ)
13. All About House Plants (Amy Fusselman/ORZ)
14. Golem (Myla Goldberg/ORZ)
15. Snow (A.M. Homes/ORZ)
16. Nothing Else Is Happening (Ben Greenman/ORZ)
17. The Story Of The Hairy Call (Jonathan Ames/ORZ)
18. Water (Jonathan Lethem/ORZ)