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Anna Tivel shares new video and single “Outsiders”


We recently shared the news that Anna Tivel had signed to hometown label Mama Bird Recording Co. With that news, she shared a live rendition of a new song called “Astrovan”, shot at Mama Bird’s new headquarters outside Portland. 

Today, they have announced that Anna’s new album, titled Outsiders, will be released on August 19 via Mama Bird Recording Co. The album was recorded almost entirely live to tape in Rock Island, IL, the 11-track set is a collaborative exploration from the same vibrant group of friends who helped craft Tivel’s acclaimed record, The Question, including producer & multi-instrumentalist Shane Leonard and engineer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens). 

A consummate songwriter, Tivel’s attention to detail, both physical and emotional, draws you into the worlds her songs describe and inhabit, sometimes leaving you in tears, sometimes filled with radiance. Seek your answers within. Mike Davies on The Question (Folk Radio)

The news arrives alongside a music video for the title track produced by Mama Bird’s Eric J. Loeffler and Vincent Bancheri.

Tivel’s vocals contain a beautiful dreamlike quality, edged with wonder as she mirrors that unifying moment when the world looked up at the moon as the 69 moon landing played out on TVs across the globe. There’s a transformative use of a reverb-type effect at the end of the first line as she sings, “Imagine the very first man on the moon, watching the earth rising up“, that really hits you. From there on in, you are in freefall with Tivel.

The song and video are breathtaking; Eric J. Loeffler & Vincent Bancheri have done an incredible job.

The visuals see Tivel tumbling and jumping, like a child wrapped up in the wonder of it all, attempting to defy gravity. Within are poetic lines that you want to savour like a well-thumbed poetry book…Out of the darkness cerulean blue, water and thunder and dust, Hundreds of thousands of miles away, the endless expanse of a dream…

Over three verses Tivel captures so much. This really is a song that you will want to linger in.

Outsiders is also our Song of the Day.

Of the song and video, Tivel offers, “I wrote ‘Outsiders’ sitting on the floor in front of the TV between fragments of the Apollo 11 documentary. The news was feeling especially dark, full of pain and distorted truths, and watching all that beautiful footage from the ‘69 moon landing hit me right in the gut. For just that one moment in a time of great upheaval, it seemed like everyone paused to look up in wonder at something incredible that humankind was able to achieve for the very first time.” She adds, “When I listened back to the way the song was recorded, all raw and live to tape in a circle of good friends, it made me feel weightless and free and I wanted to capture that emotion in video form. I found a cheap old trampoline on craigslist and sewed these ridiculous fluttery red pants with visions of slow-motion flying up high enough to look back from a great distance at the whole strugglesome and stunning thing. Music is so visceral and sensory to me, tastes and images and movement, but I’ve never had the camera know-how or means to bring that dreamworld into being.”

Of the record, Tivel shares, “Outsiders is a meditation on otherness, a deep dive into the myriad forces that keep us from connecting in real ways and a celebration of the ones that draw us together. From space exploration to schizophrenia, power imbalance to potent honesty in an old van, these songs are meant as a small prayer of recognition for loneliness and love, and all the ways we try and fail and try again to see each other clearly and let ourselves be seen.”

Outsiders is available for pre-order now at Bandcamp.

Outsiders Tracklisting:

1. Outsiders 
2. Black Umbrella 
3. Astrovan 
4. Heroes 
5. Two Dark Horses 
6. Royal Blue 
7. Ruins 
8. The Dial 
9. Invisible Man 
10. The Basement 
11. The Bell 

Anna Tivel On Tour:

June 14 — Club Cafe — Pittsburgh, PA*
June 15 — Purple Fiddle — Thomas, WV*
June 16 — Jammin Java — Vienna, VA*
June 17 — Johnny Brenda’s — Philadelphia, PA*
June 18 — Union Pool — New York, NY*
June 19 — The Word Barn — Exeter, NH*
June 21 — Club Passim — Cambridge, MA*
June 22 — Higher Ground — South Burlington, VT*
June 23 — The Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant — Galway, NY*
June 24 — Funk ‘n Waffles — Syracuse, NY*
June 26 — Water Street Music Hall — Rochester, NY*
June 27 — Horseshoe Tavern — Toronto, ON*
July 26 — Range Rider — Enterprise, OR
July 27 — The Olympic Venue — Boise, ID
July 28 — Sawtooth Valley Gathering — Stanley, ID
July 29 — Live From The Divide — Bozeman, MT
July 30 — Lucky You Lounge — Spokane, WA
July 31 — Heartwood Center — Sandpoint, ID
August 2 — Asylum for Art — Calgary, AB
August 3 — The Red Hart — Red Deer, AB
August 4 — Edmonton Folk Festival — Edmonton, AB
August 9 — Skyhouse Sessions — Kelowna, BC
August 10 — The Wise — Vancouver, BC
August 11 — Miller’s — Carnation, WA
August 25 — Tønder Festival — Tønder, NO~
August 26 — Greenbelt Festival — London, UK
August 30 — Gullivers — Manchester, UK*
September 1 — The Wight Bear — Bournemouth, UK*
September 2 — St. Matthias Church — London, UK*
September 4 — Luxor Live — Arnhem, NL*
September 5 — Muziekgebouw Eindhoven — Eindhoven, NL*

*appearing with Jeffrey Martin
~appearing with Sean Rowe & Jeffrey Martin

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