Limited vinyl edition + digital album available through Bandcamp. Further digital versions available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Tidal, and others.
Kass Richards’ first ever solo album, The Language Shadow, is out today. Throughout this haunting song set our narrator meditates on the challenges of communication, returning to the theme with an insistence that suggests an emotional necessity; as though only through repeated effort can we break through the fog to speak clearly to ourselves, to our family, and past the mortal divide, to the ghosts whose memory forms us. The result is an album of timeless honesty: a contemporary echo cast north from the Blue Ridge Mountains (where Richards is originally from) up to a cold Canadian city, a candle lit that softly guides a path of reflection. These are songs as gifts that seek to be shared in mournful times.
Kass Richards: vocals, nylon string guitar, Appalachian dulcimer, tambourine, piano tuning pin chimes Basia Bulat: Moog, Roland Geordie Gordon: Guelph pump organ, Hammond organ, Mellotron Tim Kingsbury: Electric ghost guitar Zou Zou Robidoux: Cello on “Nature”
Recorded at Hotel2Tango, Montreal, Nov. 2019 and March 2020 Co-produced by Kass Richards and Basia Bulat Sound engineer: Shae Brossard Mastering: Harris Newman Cover art: Allyson Mellberg-Taylor Cover art photography: Nafis Azad Sequencing assistance: Tim Kingsbury
Front and back cover imagery for vinyl copies of The Language Shadow, out December 4. Charlottesville, VA-based artist Allyson Mellberg-Taylor created the original egg tempera painting for the front cover, using all natural/non-toxic pigments. Some of the green in the painting is from actual turquoise.
Digital photo/scan by Nafis Azad (who nailed those lush colors).
Kass Richards presents a new single, “Daughter,” from her forthcoming debut solo album The Language Shadow, out December 4, 2020 on Good Cry Records.
“Daughter” features treated electric guitar by Tim Kingsbury (Arcade Fire), and is presented alongside a cinematic video which Richards co-directed with Ohio filmmaker and educator Lindsey Martin. Click here to watch the video.
Kass Richards will release her debut solo album, The Language Shadow, on December 4 on Good Cry Records. Limited vinyl run including original artwork by Allyson Mellberg Taylor. Lead single “Atlantis” is out today, with an original video by Sara Ludy.
The Language Shadow was recorded over two sessions at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango studio, engineered by Shae Brossard and co-produced by Basia Bulat and Richards. Richards’ vocals and nylon string guitar were tracked live, with Basia Bulat, Geordie Gordon (U.S. Girls), and Tim Kingsbury (Arcade Fire) joining in after, improvising the subtly refined arrangements further. Cellist Zou Zou Robidoux appears on cover of Jennifer Castle’s “Nature.”