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Mercury KX

Anoushka Shankar ‎– Love Letters | RSD 2020

$45.00

Mercury KX

Anoushka Shankar ‎– Love Letters | RSD 2020

$45.00

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The poignant songs on Love Letters document a time of profound flux for Anoushka – health issues, heartbreak, domestic upheaval – and show a new, vulnerable and raw side of her as a songwriter and musician. “These were difficult times, which pushed me into some very vulnerable places,” explained Anoushka. “I’ve written from a personal place before, of course, but there was something particularly tender about the process this time, and it was a creative challenge to be brave enough to allow the music to remain as raw as it began.” 

 

Writing and recording Love Letters was cathartic for Anoushka Shankar – a “gentle, organic process” that saw her collaborating almost exclusively with female peers. During the toughest parts of that 2018-2019 period, Shankar found the practical and emotional support that her friends, fellow artists and performers offered became, quite naturally, artistic in nature. 

 

A rotating cast of vocalists, musicians and producers would turn up for emotional support and talks that evolved into song-writing sessions. Anoushka noted, “I really got to experience the way women show up for each other when crisis strikes. There was this sweetness; I felt very held throughout this process, and that’s really where the music came from – the shared experience of women, holding my hand and helping me find a safe place to put some of my feelings.” 

 

A host of trail-blazing women feature on Love Letters including the principal collaborator Alev Lenz, twin sister vocal duo Ibeyi, singer and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson, renowned Indian singer Shilpa Rao, Brooklyn-based mastering engineer Heba Kadry (Björk, Slowdive) and British audio mastering engineer Mandy Parnell (Aphex Twin, The XX). – Udiscover Music

Label: Mercury KX ‎– 085 1615

Format: Vinyl, LP, Mini-Album, Limited Edition, RSD2020

Country: Europe

Released: 07 Feb 2020

Genre: Folk, World, & Country