Today, Joan Shelley releases new song ‘The Fading’, the third and final preview of her next album, Like the River Loves the Sea, out August 30th.
Featuring harmonies from Bonnie “Prince” Billy and waves of violin, viola, and cello from Icelandic siblings Þórdís Gerður Jónsdóttir and Sigrún Kristbjörg Jónsdóttir, Shelley delivers scenic revelations of the grace in the chaos of nature.
Take a listen below, via the Lettie Jane Rennekamp-animated video…
Of the song, Shelley says: “[it] has to do with that moment when something breaks down: a river jumping the bank and causing a flood, a car breaking down, or a romantic breakup. If you can get through it, it is a precious moment. To stop and look around at the world, to see when a pattern hasn’t been working or no longer works. It’s a chance to change gears but also a chance to simply see. Look around a little.”
While Louisville-native Shelley recorded and co-produced Like the River Loves the Sea over five days at Greenhaus Studios in Reykjavík, Iceland, the music ultimately is rooted in her Kentucky homeland. “Whether it be a physical place or an idea, everyone needs a place of comfort.” Shelley says, “One where we can look out again from that place of calm and see how to best act and to be in an uncertain world.” A sentiment which she conveys in the last verse of ‘The Fading’: “And oh, Kentucky stays in my mind, it’s sweet to be five years behind. That’s where I’ll be when the seas rise, holding my dear friends and drinking wine.”
Like the River Loves the Sea includes 12 new songs, all written by Shelley, with production from James Elkington, guitar from Nathan Salsburg, and additional vocals from Shelley’s reunited trio Maiden Radio.
Starting in September, Shelley brings the new music to over 30 tour dates across the US – find them all HERE.