words by tom johnson
Unveiled yesterday via Big Thief’s Facebook page, “Solar Pilgrim” is the lead track from Twain’s brand new album, a new nine-track collection which is set to be released later this year via the ever-impressive Keeled Scales label, which has already had a hand in two of our favourite records of the year in Sun Riah and Julia Lucille.
Described in the band’s introduction as an “artist of the deepest importance“, Twain is the solo project of one Mt. Davidson, a tender and evocative songwriter and a musician who has previously worked with the likes of The Low Anthem and Spirit Family Reunion, among others.
Richly detailed but always wilting under the weight of sentiment expressed, “Solar Pilgrim” is a decidedly impassioned pretext to the full record, a striking five minutes that marries beautiful, country-leaning musicianship with Davidson’s startlingly seasoned voice, so powerful and expressive it could cause storms to build from afar, enticing the wildest of elements as it broods, weighty and contemplative, filling all the surrounding space it can find.
The ‘Rare Feeling’ LP is released on October 20th (and promises to deliver exactly that), but you can check out Solar Pilgrim below right now.
‘Rare Feeling’ is released on October 20th, via Keeled Scales
August 25-27 | Friendship, IN at Whispering Beard Folk Festival
August 26 | Austin, TX at Radio
August 27 | Austin, TX at Track House
September 13 | Holyoke, MA at Gateway City Arts with Big Thief & Lucy Dacus
September 14 | Ithaca, NY at The Haunt
September 16 | Ottawa, ON at CityFolk Festival with Big Thief & Lucy Dacus
September 17 | Cambridge, MA at The Sinclair with Big Thief & Lucy Dacus
September 21 | Johnsonville, CA at Sierra Hoedown
September 26 | New York, NY at Bowery Ballroom with Langhorne Slim
September 27 | Washington, DC at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue with Langhorne Slim
September 28 | Philadelphia, PA at Union Transfer with Langhorne Slim