My first add for 2016 is a really good one: ANIMALS OF GRACE! I had a few less hard copies than would have been ideal for this one, so it’s possible you may need to grab it as a download. Don’t be afraid! This record rules. It fits into the general category of “folk” but is a real weird one within that genre—mainly, although not exclusively, because the lyrics to this album aren’t written by the band. They’re written by a (feminist, queer, awesome) poet from about a hundred years ago named Edna St. Vincent Millay! The band manages to extract her words and extrapolate them into something musical that feels really exciting and fresh with just a little bit of a classic old-timey veneer. This record is so lovely and unique, and really deserves a close listen to truly notice that uniqueness. You should really give it a listen, like right away.
ANIMALS OF GRACE
SONGS OF SHATTERING
Rolling Crone Records
Animals of Grace is an alt-folk duo based in Seattle led by innovative 12-string guitar player and classically trained vocalist Erika Lundahl. Together with percussionist Doug Indrick, Animals of Grace craft a musical experience that readily shifts from driving exhilaration to sublime and emotional. The duo formed in upstate New York in 2012. Drawn to the tall trees and rugged wilderness of Puget Sound, the duo moved to the Pacific Northwest in late 2013 and released their debut EP “Make Me Kind” in 2014.
Songs of Shattering is their first full-length album. A concept album in the vein of Jason Webley’s Margaret, the album is a conversation with the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, an early 20th century lyrical poet. Edna was an ardent feminist, a social activist, and an openly queer woman whose tender, lyrical poems wrangled with the tensions of wilderness and rampant industrialization, and about what it means to be a feminist in a complicated world.
Using innovative tapping, rich harmonies and driving cajon, Animals of Grace renews Edna’s poetry to have a dialogue with the past. Edna’s universal stories of life, her passion for natural landscapes, and her critiques of culture are brought to life with a very modern and completely unique sound.
RIYL: Joanna Newsom, Girls in Trouble, Laura Marling, Jason Webley, Anaïs Mitchell
Start With: 1, 4, 6, 12 FCC CLEAN
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