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Dawnbreaker

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  • Daughter of Swords stopped by WNYC Studios as the guest on New Sounds' Soundcheck today to talk with host John Schaefer about her debut album, Dawnbreaker, and perform three songs from it: "Long Leaf Pine," "Fields of Gold," and "Human." "As with the songs that you wrote for the last Mountain Man record, there is a very timeless, old, really deep folk sound," says Schaefer. See for yourself in the session here.

  • Daughter of Swords has extended her US tour to include dates with Wilco and Joan Shelley this fall. In addition, the tour includes dates with Sylvan Esso, Hiss Golden Messenger, Molly Tuttle, and Molly Sarlé, as well as headlining shows in Brooklyn, DC, and Asheville this week. Also out today is a lyric video for "Easy Is Hard," from Daughter of Swords' debut album, Dawnbreaker. Watch the video, with drawings by Sauser-Monnig animated by Robert Edridge-Waks, here.

  • About This Album

    Daughter of Swords, a.k.a. Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, released her debut album, Dawnbreaker, on June 28, 2019, via Nonesuch Records (Bella Union in Europe). The album’s ten songs, inspired by a breakup that had yet to happen, lament the inevitable loss but, more importantly, outline the promise of the future. Working with Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn, who co-produced the record with her, Sauser-Monnig shaped what began as quiet reflections into confident compositions, crackling with country swagger and a sparkling pop warmth, preemptive odes to the next phase of life. Guests include Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Molly Sarlé, bandleader Phil Cook, and guitarist Ryan Gustafson.

    "'Dawnbreaker’ is about waking to the day beautifully breaking around you, and waking also to the realization that the life you've been leading is breaking with it," Sauser-Monnig says of the title song. "The version of ‘Dawnbreaker’ that is on the record was one of the first takes recorded of the whole record. It wasn't really intended to be the final version of the song, but as the rest of the record came together, we realized that the rawness of that first take embodied the emotional quality that the record wanted to end on."

    Last month, Daughter of Swords released "Gem," which was hailed by NPR as "a slice of poppy folk music so sweetly radiant, it's essentially a summer sunbeam in song form." The Wild Honey Pie called it "a precious summer-soaked keepsake, a treasure found amongst sweet green grasses."

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Alexandra Sauser-Monnig: vocals, acoustic guitars, tape
    Phil Cook, electric guitar, dobro, harmonica
    Jeff Crawford, electric bass, upright bass
    Ryan Gustafson, electric guitar
    Amelia Meath, additional vocals
    Nick Sanborn, electronic beats, Juno-6, wurlitzer, moog, piano, bass
    Molly Sarlé, additional vocals
    Joe Westerlund, acoustic drums, auxiliary percussion

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Recorded at CD Alley 2, Durham, North Carolina
    Engineered and Mixed by Nick Sanborn
    Produced by Nick Sanborn and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig
    Mastered by Zach Hanson

    Art Direction by Martin Anderson and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig
    Album Layout by Tim Reavis of Limbo Society
    Cover Photography by Kendall Atwater

Format Availability

  • This album is available from Nonesuch in the world outside of Europe. In Europe, visit Bella Union.

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on April 23, 2019 - 12:09pm
Artist Name: 
Daughter of Swords
Release Date: 
Friday, June 28, 2019 (All day)
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Dawnbreaker is the debut album from Daughter of Swords, the solo project of Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig. These ten songs, inspired by a breakup that had yet to happen, lament the inevitable loss but, more important, outline the promise of the future. Working with Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn, Sauser-Monnig shaped what began as quiet reflections into confident compositions, crackling with country swagger and a sparkling pop warmth, preemptive odes to the next phase of life. Guests include Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Molly Sarlé, bandleader Phil Cook, and guitarist Ryan Gustafson.

Description: 

Daughter of Swords, a.k.a. Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, released her debut album, Dawnbreaker, on June 28, 2019, via Nonesuch Records (Bella Union in Europe). The album’s ten songs, inspired by a breakup that had yet to happen, lament the inevitable loss but, more importantly, outline the promise of the future. Working with Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn, who co-produced the record with her, Sauser-Monnig shaped what began as quiet reflections into confident compositions, crackling with country swagger and a sparkling pop warmth, preemptive odes to the next phase of life. Guests include Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Molly Sarlé, bandleader Phil Cook, and guitarist Ryan Gustafson.

"'Dawnbreaker’ is about waking to the day beautifully breaking around you, and waking also to the realization that the life you've been leading is breaking with it," Sauser-Monnig says of the title song. "The version of ‘Dawnbreaker’ that is on the record was one of the first takes recorded of the whole record. It wasn't really intended to be the final version of the song, but as the rest of the record came together, we realized that the rawness of that first take embodied the emotional quality that the record wanted to end on."

Last month, Daughter of Swords released "Gem," which was hailed by NPR as "a slice of poppy folk music so sweetly radiant, it's essentially a summer sunbeam in song form." The Wild Honey Pie called it "a precious summer-soaked keepsake, a treasure found amongst sweet green grasses."

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Recorded at CD Alley 2, Durham, North Carolina
Engineered and Mixed by Nick Sanborn
Produced by Nick Sanborn and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig
Mastered by Zach Hanson

Art Direction by Martin Anderson and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig
Album Layout by Tim Reavis of Limbo Society
Cover Photography by Kendall Atwater

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

590870

FormatRestrictions: 

This album is available from Nonesuch in the world outside of Europe. In Europe, visit Bella Union.

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Friday, June 28, 2019 - 12:00
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LP+MP3+Print
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075597925579
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17.00
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075597925562
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12.00
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MP3
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075597925609
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075597925586
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MUSICIANS
Alexandra Sauser-Monnig: vocals, acoustic guitars, tape
Phil Cook, electric guitar, dobro, harmonica
Jeff Crawford, electric bass, upright bass
Ryan Gustafson, electric guitar
Amelia Meath, additional vocals
Nick Sanborn, electronic beats, Juno-6, wurlitzer, moog, piano, bass
Molly Sarlé, additional vocals
Joe Westerlund, acoustic drums, auxiliary percussion

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