Folk-Noir balladeer Rachel Sermanni returns with the release of her new studio album, Tied To The Moon, via Middle Of Nowhere Recordings in July. Tied To The Moon is her second full studio album following 2012’s debut, Under Mountains.
Tied To The Moon was conceived in March 2014, in an apartment above a pottery studio deep in the sticks of Nova Scotia. The apartment belonged to two-time Juno Award winner Old Man Luedecke and offered Rachel four days of complete stillness with no means to communicate with the outside world. Bookended by her routine of going for a morning run in the surrounding ten acre forest and silent afternoons of coffee and pistachios, Rachel would sit, in total solitude; writing; reading; playing music. In the space of these four days she unintentionally wrote six songs – four that would later become the core of Tied To The Moon: ‘Tractor’, ‘This Love’, ‘Banks Are Broken’ and ‘Old Lady’s Lament’.
In total, Tied To The Moon features ten new songs that channel spirits of all ages and archetypes, weaving images of childhood and womanhood, of instinct and inhibition. An indefinable mix of songs, Sermanni’s creations have grown, twisted and turned since those four days in the Novia Scotia solitude to reach a fully-formed stage reminiscent of classics such as PJ Harvey, Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell. To achieve this, she enlisted the help of Colin Macleod (recording and production), Jennifer Austin (piano, organ and backing vocals), Gordon Skene (bass and cello) and Louis Linklater (drums) and tracked all takes, live, in Colin’s living room in the Scottish Highlands.
Rachel, age 23, has toured extensively across the world since 2011, making her a young veteran on the gig circuit. In the past four years she has toured across her native Scotland and the UK numerous times, whilst appearing in Canada, USA, Australia, Iceland and across Europe, as well as sharing the stage with names including John Grant, The Staves, Stornoway, Rumer, Mumford and Sons, Ron Sexsmith and Elvis Costello. Rachel Sermanni has an impressive musical and professional resume, a swath of EP’s recorded all over the world, and now two full length studio albums in addition to last year’s live album that was recorded at Dawson City Music Festival. Sermanni’s newest release though, Tied To The Moon, sees Rachel digging deeper than ever and offering a darker and more rhythmic flavour of poetry and music.
‘Tractor’ – the first single from ‘Tied To The Moon’: