Fairy Faithful Harmony by Josephine Foster (Double Clear Vinyl)


Fairy Faithful Harmony by Josephine Foster is available to order from The LP Cafe. Released 16 November 2018

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Faith and Fate, Destiny and Devotion, Dark Nights and Dazed Illuminations. Josephine raises a stained-glass lamp and shepherds us spelunking the depths of spirit in this four-part double album. Following the fame of her voice are choruses of winged entities (and a space shuttle) that ascend and descend a maze of spirituals: ritual prayers, blues laments, vestal hymns and jubilant benedictions. The edges of the natural world are revolving backdrops from which our narrator perches upon symbolic precipice or saunters desolate snow-blanched forest, exploring eternal themes of mortality and morality, beneath the moon and in occasional dialogue with a mysterious lord of love, an ambiguous mystical figure. Accompanying herself on guitar, piano, organ, harp & autoharp, this cycle of 18 new songs hearken back to various facets of Foster’s anachronic oeuvre (the esoteric balladry of This Coming Gladness, native rhythms of Blood Rushing, somnambulist waltzes of I’m a Dreamer, the Shaker primitivism of Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead you). Celestial humor and devastating innocence are delivered with contributions from Victor Herrero (lead guitars), Gyða Valtýsdóttir (cello), Chris Scruggs (pedal steel), Jon Estes (bass), as well as cameos by members of The Cherry Blossoms and others. Recorded, engineered and mixed by Andrija Tokic at his Nashville Bomb Shelter Studio, mastered by John Baldwin, and produced by Josephine herself.

Track Listing

1 Soothsayer Song

2 A Little Song

3 The Virgin of the Snow

4 Pearl in Oyster

5 Benevolent Spring

6 Force Divine

7 All Pales Next to You

8 Lord of Love

9 Eternity

10 Indian Burn

11 Peak of Paradise

12 Adieu Color Adieu

13 Pining Away

14 Challenger

15 I Was Glad

16 Shepherd Moon of Starry Height

17 Little Lamb

18 Faithful Fairy Harmony