Hello and welcome to the inaugural Eliza Edens newsletter! I hope 2019 has been treating you well so far. You're receiving this email because you attended a show I've played sometime in the past couple years or downloaded Lowlight on Bandcamp, and for that I'm very grateful. Here are a few updates about what I've been up to lately.
While on tour last October through the Midwest, I stopped in Oak Park, IL for a Veltway Session with husband & wife, AV dream-team Britt & Spence. They welcomed me into their snug apartment where we shot a video of a new song called "Cradle of Dreams." The video can be watched here.
Be sure to look out for their other sessions too -- they've filmed Humbird, Half Gringa (with Sam Cantor of Minor Moon), Michigander, and numerous other talented artists.
In the waning months of 2018, I spent two weeks working with the imaginative Dexter Wolfe to record a collection of songs. We set up shop in Western Massachusetts at the house I grew up in and then drove back to Minneapolis, MN, where Dexter could engineer the songs in the familiarity of his own studio space. We collaborated with some exceptional musicians in both places, and I'm thrilled about how the songs are starting to sound! Dexter is currently mixing the tunes in his acoustically pristine lair back in Minneapolis, and my hope is that they'll be coming to a sound-source near you in 2019 (fingers crossed).
These recording sessions wouldn't have been possible without the support of Club Passim's 2017 Iguana Fund. Thank you, Passim! (Sidenote: If you're a musical artist with a connection to New England, you should definitely consider applying for an Iguana Grant later this fall. They are crucial, project-enabling grants.)
My first local Philly show of 2019 is coming in hot on Friday, January 25th at 7:30pm, with Con Davison (of Bad Bad Hats), Gabe Goodman, and Another Michael. Please message me for the address (on social media or firstname.lastname@example.org), I'd love to see you there!
Lastly, here are some albums I found inspiring this past year. Some new, some old:
Lavender, Half Waif
Freedom, Amen Dunes
abysskiss, Adrianne Lenker
Swim Inside the Moon, Angelo de Augustine
Impossible Truth, William Tyler
Melt EP, ggpeach
Slowmotionary, Ethan Gruska
Sittin' by the Road, Blaze Foley
Solo, Nils Frahm
You, Forever, Sam Evian
Family Tree, Nick Drake
Music for Saxofone & Bass Guitar, Sam Gendel, Sam Wilkes
When The Bird Sees the Solid Ground, The Tallest Man on Earth
Crying Laughing Loving Lying, Labi Siffre
The Universe Smiles Upon You, Khruangbin
Delta Momma Blues, Townes Van Zandt
Nepenthe, Julianna Barwick
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Aretha Franklin
The Range of Light Wilderness, s/t
Starting off 2019, I've been listening to Jeff Tweedy's new solo album WARM, Maya de Vitry's brilliant new album Adaptations, and an album of languid Icelandic jazz called The Box Tree by Skúli Sverrisson & Óskar Guðjónsson.
Thanks for your support, and for reading this far! Aside for a few shows here & there, I'll be hunkered down for the rest of the winter to finish the post-production process on these freshly recorded songs (and probably write some new ones too).
Hope to see you on the road again in the spring & summer! If you desire more frequent updates, be sure to like/follow my profiles on Facebook and Instagram.
I hope your winter is full of warmth & light --
Jan. 16th, 2019 // Philadelphia, PA