Earlier this week, co-ed duo The Rentals released “Resilience,” a record to benefit the ongoing tsunami relief efforts in Japan. The aptly-named album was inspired by Japanese author Haruki Murakami and features 18 instrumental tracks composed and performed by members Matt Sharp and Lauren Chipman. The pair’s gorgeous orchestral arrangements feature Thomas Newman-esque piano twinkles and strings that quietly shift from melancholy to hopeful. The record includes guest appearances by artists including Emilie Simon and The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture.

Check out the short film that accompanies the track “February Three” here.

The album was originally recorded as part of “Songs About Time,” an artistic endeavor that brought together artists from around the globe for 365 consecutive days to create a finished project that incorporated photography, film and music.

“Resilience” is available in digital form, as well as on CD and vinyl. All profits from album sales will go to the American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.

For more information, visit www.therentals.com.

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