I absolutely love Anaïs Mitchell (as you may know) and I also greatly admire Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Here he is covering one of Anaïs Mitchell's best songs, Coming Down. It's one of those songs where I just can't explain how perfect it is.. but it is, oh yes yes. Go listen to Anaïs singing it here. It may be the best live version I've ever seen!
I just started listening to Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell's fourth album released by Righteous Babe Records. It's a concept album and a 'folk opera' – which sounds amazing in my opinion. It's a variation on the greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. There are several guest singers, each one playing a different character (ex. Justin Vernon is Orpheus). There's this 24 second 'Songbird (Intro)' that is just strings – just lovely (one the things I'm most excited about in making an album is adding strings to my songs. So beautiful...) While I think it is pretty great overall, it is not perfect. I love whenever Anaïs or Justin Vernon sing, but there are other voices that I'm simply not into. I'm hoping to just get over their voice and to be able to listen to the songs in another way. Anaïs Mitchell is an incredible storyteller and songwriter and I don't want to miss out on a word. Weird, I read BBC's review and they say "Mitchell's sugar-coated, girlish vocals won't appeal to all, and initially distract from her considerable talents as a lyricist" but I don't really think of her voice as 'girlish'... Anyhow, my friends, it's not everyday you stumble upon a concept album, a folk opera so give it a listen! Vx