Title - 'Dawnbreaker'
Artist - Daughter Of Swords
For those not in the know, which definitely included me before this album arrived, as a member of the vocal trio Mountain Man, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig found her lineage within a long history of folk music, stretching back to the traditional American songbook.
Ergo, the title track of her solo debut Dawnbreaker - under the name Daughter of Swords - sounds untethered to anything but her own drifting visions, delicate and hazy as it bends through the air.
3. 'Fields Of Gold'
4. 'Shining Woman'
6. 'Easy Is Hard'
7. 'Rising Sun'
8. 'Long Leaf Pine'
Indeed, from that very first track, the haunting ethereal, yet deeply personal-sounding 'Fellows,' Sauser-Monnig’s oh-so-gently fingerpicked guitar and breathy vocals ensure your musical journey with her is not going to be one spent fruitlessly.
The tempo rises for the bright and breezy CA highway drive of 'Gem' which she backs up seamlessly with both the more casual and light approach to 'Fields Of Gold' (no, not the Sting track) and the textural beauty of 'Shining Woman.'
The quieter ponderings of 'Grasses' then leads into one of my own personal favorites here on this 10 track album, the humbling American folk vibe of 'Easy Is Hard.'
The early morning resonance of 'Rising Sun' is a beautiful, clippity-clop Country cut which is followed by the delightful serenity found within oneself on 'Long Leaf Pine.'
This quite remarkable, and wholly grounded album (produced by Nick Sanborn, of Sylvan Esso) then rounds out with Sauser-Monnig’s perfected hushed vocal approach on 'Human' with the mid-tempo title track, 'Dawnbreaker' bringing things to a righteous close.
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