Cinder WellCadence
Cat-Nr:DIRT-CD-0110
Barcode:877746011023
Release datum:5/12/2023
Label:Free Dirt Records
Genre:World Music/USA/Folk
Oceans flow through the center of Cinder Well’s music. Cadence, the new album from Amelia Baker’s experimental folk project, drifts between two far-flung seas: the hazy California coast where she grew up, and the wind-torn swells of Western Ireland that she’s come to love. Written soon after the release of 2020’s acclaimed No Summer, Baker returned to her hometown in central California to record at Harlan Steinberger’s nearby Hen House Studios in Venice Beach. Inspired by this new setting, Baker expand- ed Cinder Well’s sound to include percussion, provided by her old friend Phillip Rogers (Haley Heynderickx), as well as trance electric guitar and expansive string parts courtesy Cormac MacDiarmada of Lankum. The doom folk and traditional Irish influences of No Summer are still present but often give way to a more optimistic and relaxed atmosphere that nods to LA’s mythical Laurel Canyon years. Across nine epic tracks, Baker treads a sonic and lyrical path between the two coastal towns she calls home, her transcen- dental voice given new wings by the record’s sweeping arrangements. “Overgrown” is the first major key Cinder Well song in nearly a decade while the uneasy and pulsating title track is a love letter to the self for our darkest days. Fittingly, Baker opens Cadence with a song about selkies—seals that turn human on land. More than just a bit of folklore, shapeshifting selkies are a metaphor for Baker herself: a songwriter tied to the ebb and flow of the ocean (and humanity's) currents, whether they be half a world away or a few steps from home.
  • 1Two Heads, Grey Mare04:41
    Music: Amelia BakerLyrics: Amelia Baker
  • 2Overgrown04:26
    Music: Amelia BakerLyrics: Amelia Baker
  • 3Returning04:11
    Music: Amelia BakerLyrics: Amelia Baker
  • 4Cadence06:47
    Music: Amelia BakerLyrics: Amelia Baker
  • 5Well on Fire01:36
    Music: Amelia BakerLyrics: Amelia Baker
  • 6Crow05:48
    Music: Amelia BakerLyrics: Amelia Baker
  • 7Gone the Holding04:26
    Music: Amelia BakerLyrics: Amelia Baker
  • 8A Scorched Lament05:09
    Music: Amelia BakerLyrics: Amelia Baker
  • 9I Will Close in the Moonlight03:36
    Music: Amelia BakerLyrics: Amelia Baker
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Musician
  • Amelia Baker: vocals, guitar, fiddle, organ, piano
  • Cormac MacDiarmada: fiddle
  • Jake Falby: viola
  • Neal Heppleston: bass
  • Nich Wilbur: organ
  • Phillip Rogers: drums
Mixer
  • Nich Wilbur at The Unknown, Anacortes, WA
Recording Studio
  • Harlan Steinberger at Hen House Studios, Venice Beach, CA
  • John "Spud" Murphy at Guerilla Studios, Dublin Ireland
  • Nich Wilbur at The Unknown, Anacortes WA
Mastering
  • Nich Wilbur at The Unknown, Anacortes, WA
Photography
  • Georgia Zeavin
Cover Artwork
  • Dan MacDonald Studios
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