New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Kristin Hersh presents her new solo effort 'Wyatt at the Coyote Palace' a double CD/book combination, which releases Nov. 11 in North America
via Omnibus Press (and Overlook Press in the USA). As of November 25, the whole album will be made available online via Kristin's Bandcamp and other online retailers in time for Kristin's USA tour, which begins in Seattle on November 29.
Kristin is most recognized as the front person for the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses, which she founded when she was 14. She also fronts the power trio 50FOOTWAVE, which released the 'Bath White' EP in summer of 2016.
This album release was preceded by singles 'Bubble Net' and 'Soma Gone Slapstick' with accompanying video created by Orrin Anderson and photography by Orrin Anderson and Ryder James.
'Wyatt at the Coyote Palace' is the third release in the ground-breaking book-CD format that Hersh began with her previous solo album "Crooked" and Throwing Muses' 2013 release "Purgatory/Paradise". As part of her surprisingly successful career as an author, she has published the critically acclaimed "Paradoxical Undressing" in the UK (released as "Rat Girl" in the USA), a children's book "Toby Snax," and "Don't Suck, Don't Die," a highly acclaimed personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt.
'Wyatt' is an immersive experience through the use of photographs, illustrations, a collection of true stories, and songs of love and loss, reflecting Hersh's humor with the pains and travails of a life spent in continual motion. Defined by potent guitars, addictive melodies and poignant lyrics, this release is a serious sign of strength and depth.
This is truly a solo album with Hersh not only writing and singing these songs, but also playing all instruments (including guitar, cello, horns, upright bass and piano and several instruments she built herself). She also incorporates found sounds into these recordings.
"The stories are all true. They happened over the last few decades. The songs were written in the last five years. They're true, too, in a much more oblique way," explains Hersh. "But it's always felt to me that songs were pushing my life around so they could be born: I live the stories and then the song lives. Very much like children. A baby isn't born because you got pregnant, you got pregnant because a baby was going to be born."
The songs, which were written during a turbulent period in her life, were recorded at her favorite studio in Portsmouth, RI with engineer Steve Rizzo. The prose was inspired by her son Wyatt and his fascination with an abandoned apartment building inhabited by coyotes, often visiting and even filming these creatures during the album's recording. Yet suddenly his intense fascination came to an end. Hersh comments, "I had so loved his love of the place".
After a wildly successful tour of the UK and Ireland over the past month, Kristin Hersh
kicks off her USA tour in Seattle on November 29. "An Evening with Kristin Hersh" celebrates her endless creativity with an acoustic performance and readings spanning her entire career.
"24 tracks of largely acoustic beauty, fraught with a tension that tantalises, comforts and baffles in turn" - Top40-Charts.com
"Hersh at her starkest and most evocative, singing words of both comfort and confrontation" - NPR
"Personal, tender and upsetting in equal measure" - The Irish Times
"The music thrums with chunky riffs; the tempo is stop-start but less twisty than Throwing Muses. She demands attention and rewards it" - Financial Times
"One of the great unearthly voices in American underground-rock history... an absolute trip" - Stereogum
"Endlessly fascinating and emotionally involving… this may be Kristin Hersh's finest work to date" - Echoes and Dust
USA TOUR DATES:
Nov 29 - The Triple Door - Seattle, WA
Nov 30 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
Dec 3 - Swedish American Hall - San Francisco, CA
Dec 4 - Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
Dec 5 - Brick 15 - Del Mar, CA
Dec 8 - Swallow Hill Music
- Denver, CO
Dec 9 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
Dec 10 - Space - Evanston, IL
Dec 11 - Music
Box Supper Club - Cleveland, OH
Dec 13 - Club Café - Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 14 - Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
Dec 15 - Tin Angel
- Philadelphia, PA
Dec 17 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
Dec 18 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA