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The Innocence Mission

Sun On The Square - 2024 Repress

    For listeners of the innocence mission, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania trio are beyond a favorite band, more like a beloved companion, such is their intensity and fragility of their sound and vision, spearheaded by Karen Peris' heartbreaking, breathtaking voice

    Those fans include Sufjan Stevens and Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), who have both covered innocence mission songs, and in whose company the trio deserve to be bracketed.

    "All I cannot say I hope you know, all you cannot say I hope I can hear," sings Karen Peris on "Look Out from Your Window," the strong, circular, and somewhat quirky third track from the innocence mission's latest album, Sun on the Square. These lines, possibly spoken to her children -- one of whom actually plays viola on the song-- could be called emblematic for the album.

    In their own way, Karen and her husband and fellow guitarist, Don Peris, have spent years trying to voice the inexpressible. Since forming the innocence mission in 1985 with Mike Bitts, upright bassist and friend from their Catholic high school, the dreamy, orchestral folk band have spent ten full-lengths speaking to our collective memory and awe at life's mysteries. Their songs are full of sensory imagery and deeply felt instrumentation, and it's their unique way of trying to approach universal joys and sorrows that allows the band to achieve the emotional connection with their listeners that makes them so special.

    Sufjan Stevens talked to NPR about the innocence mission's music, saying "...what I always come back to, after the din and drum roll, is the small song that makes careful observations about everyday life. This is what makes the music by the innocence mission so moving and profound."

    TRACK LISTING

    Records From Your Room
    Green Bus
    Look Out From Your Window 
    Shadow Of The Pines
    Buildings In Flower
    Sun On The Square
    Light Of Winter
    Star Of Land And Sea
    An Idea Of Canoeing / Galvanic

    The Innocence Mission

    Now The Day Is Over - 2024 Reissue

      The Innocence Mission's best selling album in nearly two decades will now be available for the first time on vinyl - Jazz-tinged and dreamy, this offering from the Innocence Mission collects standards and traditional songs that singer Karen Peris has sung to her children as lullabies since they were born - The album features new album art (created by Karen Peris) and a new version of the song "Edelweiss" that is available only on this LP.

      AllMusic called the record "an absolutely beguiling collection of standards," describing it as "a benefit collection of cover songs that are all cantered reverie akin to dreaming. Calling them all lullabies would be stretching a little bit, but the presentations are such that they might as well be." They described "My Love Goes With You" as "perhaps the most beautiful and tender song on the outing", before summarizing that the album "could have been merely a curiosity piece, a curious addition to a mysterious catalogue by a singular group. Instead, it is nothing less than a wondrous little gem."

      "Lead singer Karen Peris of the innocence mission turns American standards into lullabies on the group's sixth CD, Now The Day Is Over." - NPR Weekend Edition Saturday

      "An album of timeworn standards was probably inevitable eventually for the Innocence Mission, given that singer Karen Peris distinctive imprint of a voice and husband Don Peris talent for guitar-textured moodscapes makes the band ideally suited for interpretive excursions. In its own way, though, Now The Day Is Over stands with the bands most fully realized work to date." - Peter Blackstock, No Depression


      Call And Response

      Winds Take No Shape

        Call And Response are a musical ensemble formed in 1998 when Simone Rubi (keyboards, vocals) and Daniel Judd (guitar), who shared a love of obscure pop music, film soundtracks, and synthesizers, decided to collaborate on a musical project in the Bay Area, California. The music they compose has elements of classic pop, spacey jazz, film soundtracks, folk and soul music - only some of the musical inspirations drawn upon by the group. With this record, the band innovates a sound that is impressionistic, mystical, and beautiful. All ten songs on the album were recorded and produced in San Francisco by Dylan Magierek (Mark Kozelek, Low, Erlend Oye).

        Various Artists

        Shanti Project Collection 2

          Shanti Project Collection 2 features new and rare tracks from Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole /Smashing Pumpkins),Mimi Parker (Low), Rebecca Gates (Spinanes), Edith Frost, Paula Frazer (Tarnation) w/ Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), and Julie Doiron (eric's trip). A portion of proceeds from sales of this CD will benefit Shanti Project of San Francisco - an Aids / HIV assistance provider.


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