Nearly four years on from her critically-acclaimed second album, Tied To The Moon, Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni is back with her third full-length, So It Turns.
The ten-track album is Rachel’s most ambitious yet, her self-confessed ‘folk noir’ taken to alluring and often-unexpected new heights.
Where Rachel’s last album saw her incorporate darker, grungier elements into her sound, So It Turns sees the Carrbridge-based artist go for something far more composed and polished, but not at the expense of those rockier moments - instead, tuning her craft to a more eclectic and left-field range of reference points.
Thanks to the album’s live recording process, the artful production of Axel Reinemer at Berlin’s Jazzanova Studios and the mercurial, genre-shifting instrumentation of her band, the record leaves you uncovering new layers of sonic subtleties with each and every listen.
In terms of the subject matter, Rachel weaves stories about everything from her time spent at a Buddhist monastery at the borders of Scotland, to the anticipation and woes of long-distance relationships and the hopelessness, and/or desire for action, that Trump, Brexit and the refugee crisis have inspired over several years.
It’s a suitably pared-back and reflexive end to an album that takes you on a captivating and often-unpredictable journey through a spellbinding array of sounds, emotions and experiences - this is Rachel Sermanni at her best, a game-changing landmark release from one of the most promising names in contemporary folk.
released August 23, 2019
Voice, Guitar & Mandolin - Rachel Sermanni
Piano - Declan Forde
Drums & Percussion - Max Andrzejewski
Double Bass - James Banner
Electric Guitar - Paul Santner
Lyrics by Rachel Sermanni
Arrangements by Rachel Sermanni and Band
Produced by Axel Reinemer & Rachel Sermanni
Recorded in Jazzanova Studios, Berlin
Mixed by Axel Reinemer & Paul Savage
Mastered by Little Konzett
This album sounds so personal. The music and the poignant lyrics are not just hers anymore. I feel like they're a part of me now. And now I own the clear orange with purple splatter vinyl. It's freaking amazing!! Aneesh Dandime
The sweetness of the harmony and beauty of the tracks made me have to purchase this album. The vocals float like ethereal sprites with compelling warmness yet a certain captivating sadness as well. This is what Americana should sound like... this is what country should sound like... for it's so real and emotionally delivered... yet absolutely gorgeous. theexplodingogre
On “Thunder Follows the Light,” Brooklyn’s Mutual Benefit takes a decidedly softer turn, using the harsh elements as bookends for songs about reaching for love and comfort. Bandcamp Album of the Day Sep 27, 2018