The transcendent new album from Ani Di Franco, Revolutionary Love, marks the latest proof of one of her most powerful gifts as an artist: a rare ability to give voice to our deepest frustrations and tensions, on both a personal and political level. Produced by Di Franco and recorded mainly in two whirlwind days at Overdub Lane in Durham, Revolutionary Love more than justifies the mad dash behind its making. Revolutionary Love arrives as an instantly transportive selection of songs. Rooted in her poetic lyricism and ever-commanding vocal work, the album unfolds in an understated yet captivating alchemy of folk and soul and lushly textured jazz-pop.
In sculpting that sound, Di Franco and Brad Cook assembled an eclectic lineup of musicians, including percussionist Brevan Hampden (Hiss Golden Messenger, Milton Suggs), horn/flute player Matt Douglas (The Mountain Goats, Josh Ritter), keyboardist Phil Cook (Megafaun, Shouting Matches), drummer Yan Westerlund (Quetico, Mipso) and Di Franco’s longtime touring band Terence Higgins on percussion and Todd Sickafoose on bass.
Gracie and Rachel have revealed UNDER UNDERNEATH, a re-imagination of their song “Underneath” by visionary S. Carey (of Bon Iver). The duo says, “this one gets down to the bones to become a world of its own.”
Elizabeth says, “We are all creatures of habit and our habits are in our faces these days. Let’s face the good ones, the bad ones, and keep pushing forward after seeing any of our truths. Love you all and I hope you’re loving yourselves today. The good or bad parts. It all needs love from you.”
nothing will stem the tide of suffering from covid-19, economic crisis, police brutality, mass incarceration, endemic poverty, entrenched white supremacy and misogyny, deportation and detainment, gun violence, fire, flood, disease, pollution, irradiation, exploitation, forced reproduction, gender and sexuality-based violence and oppression, dis-information, propaganda, corruption, and greed… short of a functioning democracy! let’s harness our outrage and vote. we can do this, if we try, if we do this like it’s do or die. -ani