Following the release of her debut album Dawnbreaker, released this Summer on Bella Union, Daughter of Swords, aka Mountain Man’s Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, has announced a 6–date UK and Ireland tour in January 2020 – dates below…
Wednesday 22 January – Leeds – Hyde Park Book Club
Thursday 23 January – Glasgow – Broadcast
Saturday 25 January – Bristol – At The Well
Monday 27 January – Brighton – Latest Music Bar
Wednesday 29 January – London – St Pancras Old Church
Thursday 30 January – Dublin – The Sound House
Daughter Of Swords has previously shared the track “Gem” and a video for the Dawnbreaker’s title track, which can be viewed below…
In 2017, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig began recording a set of songs about a breakup that had yet to happen. Her partnership had drifted into a comfortable state of indecision, stalling when it came time to make big life moves or chase new horizons. She had the sense that she needed to slip the relationship in order to pursue everything else life might have in store -more music, more adventures, a general sense of the unknown. Those feelings drifted steadily into a set of songs that lamented the inevitable loss but, more important, outlined the promise of the future. Recording the ten tracks that became her stunning solo debut, Dawnbreaker, under the new name Daughter of Swords gave Sauser-Monnig permission to go.
Dawnbreaker began as the first phase of Sauser-Monnig’s return to music after stepping to the sidelines for the better part of a decade. Her college trio, Mountain Man, rose to quick acclaim for their peerless harmonies around 2010, but the friends slowly drifted apart, following their own interests to different coasts and concerns. While working on a flower farm as a farmhand, though, Sauser-Monnig realized that she missed the emotional articulation she found in writing songs and singing them and resolved to start again. She pieced together an album just as Mountain Man began to regroup for its second LP, 2018’s aptly named Magic Ship. Working with Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn, Sauser-Monnig shaped what began as quiet reflections into confident compositions, crackling with country swagger and a sparkling pop warmth.