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    Daughter of Swords—Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig—to Release Debut Album, "Dawnbreaker," June 28 on Nonesuch Records

    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 Dawnbreaker on iTunes and the Nonesuch Store to download the title track, a D.L. Anderson–directed video for which can be seen below, and "Gem" now; Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive, limited-edition print created and signed by Sauser-Monnig. NPR Music, which premiered the "Dawnbreaker" video this morning, called the track "a soft swoon of a song that goes down like a cup of hot cocoa laced with CBD oil." The album will also be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital service providers.

    "'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."

    Additionally, Daughter of Swords will open for Iron & Wine and Calexico at Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, North Caroline, on June 18, and perform shows with Sylvan Esso at the Beacon Theater in New York in November, with more tour dates to come. For all the latest, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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Daughter of Swords—Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig—to Release Debut Album, "Dawnbreaker," June 28 on Nonesuch Records

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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). Co-produced with Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn, the album crackles with country swagger and a sparkling pop warmth. Pre-order in the Nonesuch Store to download the title track, a video for which can be seen here, and "Gem" now and get an exclusive, limited-edition print created and signed by Sauser-Monnig. NPR Music, which premiered the "Dawnbreaker" video, called the track "a soft swoon of a song that goes down like a cup of hot cocoa laced with CBD oil."

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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 Dawnbreaker on iTunes and the Nonesuch Store to download the title track, a D.L. Anderson–directed video for which can be seen below, and "Gem" now; Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive, limited-edition print created and signed by Sauser-Monnig. NPR Music, which premiered the "Dawnbreaker" video this morning, called the track "a soft swoon of a song that goes down like a cup of hot cocoa laced with CBD oil." The album will also be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital service providers.

"'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."

Additionally, Daughter of Swords will open for Iron & Wine and Calexico at Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, North Caroline, on June 18, and perform shows with Sylvan Esso at the Beacon Theater in New York in November, with more tour dates to come. For all the latest, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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