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  • November 20, 2019

    Daughter of Swords has announced a new run of shows in February with The Dead Tongues. They lead a joint six-city tour of the US East Coast in February, with stops in Richmond, Charlottesville, Brooklyn, Boston, DC, and Asheville. She closes out the tour with a performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville as special guest of Tyler Childers on February 16. Daughter of Swords performs with her band in North Carolina next week and joins Joan Shelley in a five-city swing through the Midwest in December.

  • August 13, 2019

    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.

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  • 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."

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Tour

Sat, Feb 8
Richmond, VA
The Camel
Sat, Feb 8
Richmond, VA
The Camel
Sun, Feb 9
Charlottesville, VA
The Southern
Sun, Feb 9
Charlottesville, VA
The Southern
Mon, Feb 10
Brooklyn, NY
Rough Trade
Mon, Feb 10
Brooklyn, NY
Rough Trade
Tue, Feb 11
Allston, MA
Great Scott
Tue, Feb 11
Allston, MA
Great Scott
Thu, Feb 13
Washington, DC
DC9 Nightclub
Thu, Feb 13
Washington, DC
DC9 Nightclub
Fri, Feb 14
Durham, NC
Pinhook
Fri, Feb 14
Durham, NC
Pinhook
Sat, Feb 15
Asheville, NC
The Mothlight
Sat, Feb 15
Asheville, NC
The Mothlight
Sun, Feb 16
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Sun, Feb 16
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
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Dawnbreaker is the debut album from Daughter of Swords, the solo project of Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig. 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. 

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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."

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Tour

Sat, Feb 8
Richmond, VA
The Camel
Sat, Feb 8
Richmond, VA
The Camel
Sun, Feb 9
Charlottesville, VA
The Southern
Sun, Feb 9
Charlottesville, VA
The Southern
Mon, Feb 10
Brooklyn, NY
Rough Trade
Mon, Feb 10
Brooklyn, NY
Rough Trade
Tue, Feb 11
Allston, MA
Great Scott
Tue, Feb 11
Allston, MA
Great Scott
Thu, Feb 13
Washington, DC
DC9 Nightclub
Thu, Feb 13
Washington, DC
DC9 Nightclub
Fri, Feb 14
Durham, NC
Pinhook
Fri, Feb 14
Durham, NC
Pinhook
Sat, Feb 15
Asheville, NC
The Mothlight
Sat, Feb 15
Asheville, NC
The Mothlight
Sun, Feb 16
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Sun, Feb 16
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
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