Kristin Hersh Premieres ‘Bright’ Video from ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’ (via HHBTM Records)
“Hersh at her starkest and most evocative, singing words of both comfort and confrontation” – NPR
“24 tracks of largely acoustic beauty, fraught with a tension that tantalises, comforts and baffles in turn” – The Skinny
“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
Indie rock music legend Kristin Hersh has unveiled the new video for ‘Bright’, which was directed and edited by beatrice, and filmed by Zoran Drakulic, HFS. This is the second video single from her double album ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’, which Athens-based Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records (HHBTM) is issuing on vinyl. 1000 copies will be pressed and Limited Deluxe versions come with a full color turntable slipmat and color vinyl. This 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”.
2016 was extremely productive for Kristin Hersh,, bringing the release of this double CD/book combination ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’ via Omnibus Press / Overlook Press and completing massively successful tours of Ireland, the UK and USA, not to mention releasing the ‘ ‘Bath White’ EP from her power trio 50FOOTWAVE earlier in the year.
Watch the video for ‘Bright’ below:
Kristin Hersh is most recognized as the front person for the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses, who are being inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in April. She has also found a 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 Kristin 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”.
The vinyl edition of ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’ will be released on Friday, April 7 via HHBTM Records. Fans should order at http://hhbtm.com/item.php?item_id=638&category_id=1
04/28/2017 New York, NY – Rubin Museum of Art – Naked Soul Series
04/29/2017 Pawtucket, RI – Kristin Hersh with David Narcizo, & Fred Abong – The Met for the RI Music Hall Of Fame Induction
07/16/2017 Provincetown, MA – Memoir Workshop w/ Kristin Hersh (July 16-21, 2017) – Fine Arts Work Center
07/19/2017 Provincetown, MA – Fine Arts Work Center
07/23/2017 Dublin, Ireland – National Concert Hall