Kristin Hersh is a Singer/Songwriter/guitarist/author not necessarily in that order. She has released over 20 records solo, with Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE. She’s the author of an acclaimed memoir — based on her teenage diary — about a particularly eventful year, titled “Rat Girl” in the USA (published by Penguin), and titled “Paradoxical Undressing” in the UK (published by Atlantic Books). They do love fancy titles in the UK.
Her latest album is “Wyatt At The Coyote” which comprises a 2 CD and book combination.
‘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.
This first track is from Kristin Hersh‘s 2016 album, Wyatt At The Coyote Palace. And it’s just fuckin’ amazing. This is one young lady who can sang, and she plays the heck out of that there guitar. She starts you of so simply and then beats you around the head with it. Just awesome.
Soma Gone Slapstick
Video created by Orrin Anderson. Photography by Orrin Anderson and Ryder James.
Here’s a short film about Kristin inspired by her live multimedia performance project, “Paradoxical Undressing”. Best heard with good stereo headphone for the ultimate experience. I really dig this. Again with the guitar, beautiful.
Directed by Jory Hull
You had me with the violins. Wandering through Kristin’s catalog is so much fun, problem is deciding which tunes to use. They are all so great.
Case in point this gem. Kristin’s amazing voice with that simply beautiful violin backing.
‘A Loon’ comes from the ‘Strings’ EP of 1994, and also featured on 4AD’s Mail Order only video collection which came out in 2001. The original ‘A Loon’ was on Kristin’s ‘Hips and Makers’ album – this is a rework with strings.
Another great tune from Kristin, more wonderful guitar. This one really rocks along with a truly intriguing video. Kick back and enjoy, I did.
Video by Todd Perley for MeowMeow Productions
Kristin is joined by Michael Stipe for this beautiful piece.
Very dramatic use of cello and violin along with her guitar.
“You were in my dream
You were driving circles around me”
Just awesome, and the harmonies are spellbinding.
We’ll end today on a live performance about ten days ago @Róisín Dubh, Galway, November 4, 2016. We get a reading and a song. The crowd seems to enjoy it as did I. A great finish to this post.