Song o’the Week #24

Wait For Me by Anaïs Mitchell featuring Ben Knox Miller and Justin Vernon.

Her new album Hadestown is everything I want in music right now: bluesy, folksie,, operatic, ethereal and haunting. Soulful cellos.  Lackadaisical harmonicas.  Gongs.  Lush orchestral tunes.  And the enduringly tragic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.  Oh, and Death, Love, Faith and/or Doubt, the Underworld and the River Styx.  Set in the American South during the Depression.

Shades of Gershwin?  Possibly – if Gershwin played the guitar, wore a thick lush beard, plaid shirts and lace-up lumberjack boots.  If anything, Hadestown is closer to Tom Waits and William Burroughs’ The Black Rider.

A gorgeous, gorgeous album.


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