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  • June 7, 2019

    Mountain Man's single featuring its take on two John Denver tunes, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Around and Around," is now available on 7" vinyl, following its digital release earlier this year. "We love John Denver so much we gave Alex his haircut, and recorded a few of his legendary tunes too," says the trio—Amelia Meath, Molly Erin Sarlé, and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig. "Have a listen! They are so sooooothing, we promise."

  • May 29, 2019

    Daughter of Swords, aka Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, has shared a video for "Shining Woman," from her upcoming album, Dawnbreaker. "The vision of this powerful person alone on a bike trip not asking permission from anyone appeared out of nowhere, and took up residence in my mind," she says of the video. "Like my subconscious staging an intervention and reminding me that I haven't died, there are no rules, and that I have the power to make different choices for myself." You can watch it here.

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  • Daughter of Swords, a.k.a. Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, releases 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.

    Pre-order to download three tracks now; Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive, limited-edition print created and signed by Sauser-Monnig. 

    "'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

Tue, Jun 18
Saxapahaw, NC
Haw River Ballroom
Tue, Jun 18
Saxapahaw, NC
Haw River Ballroom
Thu, Jun 20
Charlotte, NC
Housing Fest at Knight Theater
Thu, Jun 20
Charlotte, NC
Housing Fest at Knight Theater
Fri, Jun 21
Wilmington, NC
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Fri, Jun 21
Wilmington, NC
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Sun, Jun 23
Baltimore, MD
Rams Head Live
Sun, Jun 23
Baltimore, MD
Rams Head Live
Fri, Jul 12
Richmond, VA
Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House
Fri, Jul 12
Richmond, VA
Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House
Sat, Sep 7
Raleigh, NC
Sat, Sep 7
Raleigh, NC
Sun, Nov 17
New York, NY
Beacon Theatre
Sun, Nov 17
New York, NY
Beacon Theatre
Mon, Nov 18
New York, NY
Beacon Theatre
Mon, Nov 18
New York, NY
Beacon Theatre
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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.

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Daughter of Swords, a.k.a. Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, releases 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.

Pre-order to download three tracks now; Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive, limited-edition print created and signed by Sauser-Monnig. 

"'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

Tue, Jun 18
Saxapahaw, NC
Haw River Ballroom
Tue, Jun 18
Saxapahaw, NC
Haw River Ballroom
Thu, Jun 20
Charlotte, NC
Housing Fest at Knight Theater
Thu, Jun 20
Charlotte, NC
Housing Fest at Knight Theater
Fri, Jun 21
Wilmington, NC
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Fri, Jun 21
Wilmington, NC
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Sun, Jun 23
Baltimore, MD
Rams Head Live
Sun, Jun 23
Baltimore, MD
Rams Head Live
Fri, Jul 12
Richmond, VA
Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House
Fri, Jul 12
Richmond, VA
Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House
Sat, Sep 7
Raleigh, NC
Sat, Sep 7
Raleigh, NC
Sun, Nov 17
New York, NY
Beacon Theatre
Sun, Nov 17
New York, NY
Beacon Theatre
Mon, Nov 18
New York, NY
Beacon Theatre
Mon, Nov 18
New York, NY
Beacon Theatre
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