USA, 2020, contemporary folk
The title track opens the album with the rich, mournful beauty of an ode to love lying slain on one of Naopleon’s battlefields. The dudes singing on this one are all right, but for me this album’s all about Anaïs Mitchell. Her folk renderings evoke a real sense of history, making the past immediate and personal. Lush folk rock follows to some extent, and one of these dudes sounds a bit like the Fleet Foxes’ singer. Dreamy nostalgia. Love the heavenly “Jane Jane”. Anaïs always has this inner joy that comes out when she sings traditional folk tunes.