Daughter of Swords Dawnbreaker

Dawnbreaker

Daughter of Swords

Released on June 28, 2019 by Nonesuch

Main artist: Daughter of Swords

Genre: Folk/Americana

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

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Alexandra Sauser-Monnig — 1/3 of the haunting folk trio Mountain Man — has said that her debut as Daughter of Swords was written about a breakup that had yet to happen. But rather than wallowing in misery, this is the bittersweet, optimistic sound of liberation. "Fellows" examines unrequited love from the POV of the loved one and floats like a feather in mid-air. Likewise, the finger-picked guitars of "Grasses" sound like a soft simmer. Still, while much of the album is dreamy — and Sauser-Monnig's delivery isn't always fully formed words so much as a series of round vowels — don't call it twee. There's nothing that contrived in the slow, low anthem "Shining Woman" or cowgirl lope "Easy Is Hard." And Sauser-Monnig's roots may lie in traditional folk, but there are elements that call to mind a ’90s restless etherealism a la Juliana Hatfield (the moody "Fields of Gold") and Beth Orton ("Gem" and its jaunty melodies and velveteen vocals). You can even hear echoes of early Liz Phair in the sassy, harmonica-driven "Rising Sun." © Qobuz

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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:32:16

  1. 1 Fellows

    Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Zach Hanson, Masterer - Nick Sanborn, Producer, Mixer, Bass Guitar - Daughter of Swords, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

  2. 2 Gem

    Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Zach Hanson, Masterer - Nick Sanborn, Producer, Mixer - Daughter of Swords, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

  3. 3 Fields of Gold

    Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Zach Hanson, Masterer - Nick Sanborn, Producer, Mixer - Ryan Gustafson, Electric Guitar - Jeff Crawford, Bass - Daughter of Swords, MainArtist - Joe Westerlund, Percussion Copyright : 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

  4. 4 Shining Woman

    Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Phil Cook, Electric Guitar - Zach Hanson, Masterer - Amelia Meath, Additional Vocals - Nick Sanborn, Producer, Mixer - Ryan Gustafson, Electric Guitar - Jeff Crawford, Bass - Daughter of Swords, MainArtist - Joe Westerlund, Percussion Copyright : 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

  5. 5 Grasses

    Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Zach Hanson, Masterer - Nick Sanborn, Producer, Mixer - Molly Sarlé, Additional Vocals - Jeff Crawford, Upright Bass - Daughter of Swords, MainArtist - Joe Westerlund, Percussion Copyright : 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

  6. 6 Easy is Hard

    Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Zach Hanson, Masterer - Nick Sanborn, Producer, Mixer - Jeff Crawford, Bass - Daughter of Swords, MainArtist - Joe Westerlund, Percussion Copyright : 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

  7. 7 Rising Sun

    Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Zach Hanson, Masterer - Amelia Meath, Additional Vocals - Nick Sanborn, Producer, Mixer - Molly Sarlé, Additional Vocals - Daughter of Swords, MainArtist - Joe Westerlund, Percussion Copyright : 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

  8. 8 Long Leaf Pine

    Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Zach Hanson, Masterer - Amelia Meath, Additional Vocals - Nick Sanborn, Producer, Mixer - Molly Sarlé, Additional Vocals - Ryan Gustafson, Electric Guitar - Jeff Crawford, Bass - Daughter of Swords, MainArtist - Joe Westerlund, Percussion Copyright : 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

  9. 9 Human

    Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Zach Hanson, Masterer - Nick Sanborn, Producer, Mixer - Daughter of Swords, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

  10. 10 Dawnbreaker

    Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Zach Hanson, Masterer - Nick Sanborn, Producer, Mixer - Daughter of Swords, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. 2019 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

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  • Alexandra Sauser-Monnig — 1/3 of the haunting folk trio Mountain Man — has said that her debut as Daughter of Swords was written about a breakup that had yet to happen. But rather than wallowing in misery, this is the bittersweet, optimistic sound of liberation. "Fellows" examines unrequited love from the POV of the loved one and floats like a feather in mid-air. Likewise, the finger-picked guitars of "Grasses" sound like a soft simmer. Still, while much of the album is dreamy — and Sauser-Monnig's delivery isn't always fully formed words so much as a series of round vowels — don't call it twee. There's nothing that contrived in the slow, low anthem "Shining Woman" or cowgirl lope "Easy Is Hard." And Sauser-Monnig's roots may lie in traditional folk, but there are elements that call to mind a ’90s restless etherealism a la Juliana Hatfield (the moody "Fields of Gold") and Beth Orton ("Gem" and its jaunty melodies and velveteen vocals). You can even hear echoes of early Liz Phair in the sassy, harmonica-driven "Rising Sun." © Qobuz

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