US: Anaïs Mitchell releases first solo album in over a decade
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Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell has released her first solo album in over a decade via BMG. The self-titled album was produced by Josh Kaufman and also features core players including Kaufman, Michael Lewis, JT Bates, Thomas Bartlett and Aaron Dessner, with string and flute arrangements provided by Nico Muhly.
Dubbed by NPR as “one of the greatest songwriters of her generation,” the Vermont-based Mitchell is a master of the worlds of narrative folk song, poetry and balladry, and the 10 songs on this record are a perfect showcase of her skills.
Prior to the self-titled album release, Mitchell (Hadestown, Bonny Light Horseman, Big Red Machine) has shared ‘On Your Way (Felix Song)’.
On speaking about the song, Mitchell said, “I wrote ‘On Your Way (Felix Song)’ for my friend Felix McTeigue, who died unexpectedly in 2020. We briefly had the same manager in our early ‘hustling days’ of trying to get a songwriter career going. I can picture us playing at the old Living Room on the lower east side, and me being one of five people in Felix's audience, and vice versa. Felix was really fearless and present, he always had a guitar on his back, he was always writing something, he loved the act of just rushing headlong into writing, recording, not overthinking it. It's a lesson I'll return to for the rest of my life.”
In its latest issue, Rolling Stone gave the album four stars saying, “In the decade since Anaïs Mitchell’s last record, the Vermont singer-songwriter created the eight-times-Tony-winning musical Hadestown and joined supergroup Bonny Light Horseman. Her new self-titled LP extends the murky, revelatory folk of the latter, with wistful reflection of the passing of time and free-falling in love.”
January 28, 2022 8:00am ET by Pressparty