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Hannah Frances // Keeper of the Shepherd LP

Hannah Frances // Keeper of the Shepherd LP

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This is a record released by Hannah Frances, a singer-songwriter from Chicago, USA, from Ruination Records, an indie pop label based in New York, in March 2024.

Contains 7 songs from avant-folk to neoclassical indie pop that are captivating with outstanding singing ability. Lyrics insert and DL code included. Gatefold specification.

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Ruination Records releases available at Tobira.

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Includes DL code. 12" black vinyl in gatefold sleeve. 

tracklist:

  1. Bronwyn 04:46
  2. Keeper of the Shepherd 06:26
  3. Woolgathering
  4. Flood plain
  5. Husk 04:59
  6. Vacant Intimacies
  7. Haunted Landscape, Echoing Cave

Text by Tasha Viets-Vanlear :

"Amidst peeling birch, sun dried and fragrant husks, a flooded riverbed, and a solemn, wet, echoing cave, Hannah Frances returns with a dense and daring new album, Keeper Of The Shepherd. At times raucous and toiling, and at times hypnotizing in its softness, Keeper of The Shepherd is a careful excavation through the ruins of Frances' past as she carves out what's been lost and buried, praising the possibility of a life more whole. This album is a rebirth in every sense of the word, showcasing Frances' virtuosic songwriting, arrangement, and musicality, while displaying a deep and churning emotional vulnerability.

In what feels like a grand act of generosity, Frances reveals some of her hardest truths confronted over the last several years, giving name to the disquiet that is often kept hidden – grief spurred by the death of her father, internalized patriarchal harm from years of religious trauma, and a collection of hollow, shorn relationships. “How can I be deeper within myself?” is the question Frances seems to return to across Keeper Of The Shepherd.

On “Floodplain”, over dancing acoustic guitar and shimmering violins Frances bellows “How long have I kept you? / How long have I kept the light on? How long have I been gone?” On “Vacant “Intimacies” a tumbling and explosive anthem that highlights Hunter Diamond on saxophone, Frances pleads for a release from the patterns born from past wounds, as she urgently repeats “grasping to the absence/haunted by the lack”. “I just feel like I gave myself away and erased myself in love,” she says. Death too returns to Frances across Keeper, haunting and all encompassing. “Death is a husk/holding the shape of my life,” she sings on “Husk”, with such steady assuredness , and no trace of fear.

There is no singular way Frances grips us with her guitar, or her storytelling. Her voice is colossal in its strength, piercing, warm, and always poised to embrace, even in its quietest expression. The momentum is constantly moving and shifting across Keeper Of The Shepherd. By the end, we're left nearly breathless, shaken by all the ways in which she's managed to hold tight to a feeling, and fling one song into the next.

It's hard work Frances has done here, unearthing the muddled mess of loss and dizzying displacement. In the end, the gift she gives herself is a gift we too might find in our listening: permission to release yourself from the burden of your past, the clinging weight of what no longer becomes you, and feel yourself open up, wide and gaping, with a song hurdling out of your throat. Keeper of the Shepherd is both a prayer and a shield. We are carefully freed from the ruin of what's hurt us, and kept safe, here, in a shining landscape more vast than we ever could have imagined."

Artist: Hannah Frances

Label: Ruination Records

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This is a record released by Hannah Frances, a singer-songwriter from Chicago, USA, from Ruination Records, an indie pop label based in New York, in March 2024.

Contains 7 songs from avant-folk to neoclassical indie pop that are captivating with outstanding singing ability. Lyrics insert and DL code included. Gatefold specification.

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Ruination Records releases available at Tobira.

---------------------------------------

Includes DL code. 12" black vinyl in gatefold sleeve. 

tracklist:

  1. Bronwyn 04:46
  2. Keeper of the Shepherd 06:26
  3. Woolgathering
  4. Flood plain
  5. Husk 04:59
  6. Vacant Intimacies
  7. Haunted Landscape, Echoing Cave

Text by Tasha Viets-Vanlear :

"Amidst peeling birch, sun dried and fragrant husks, a flooded riverbed, and a solemn, wet, echoing cave, Hannah Frances returns with a dense and daring new album, Keeper Of The Shepherd. At times raucous and toiling, and at times hypnotizing in its softness, Keeper of The Shepherd is a careful excavation through the ruins of Frances' past as she carves out what's been lost and buried, praising the possibility of a life more whole. This album is a rebirth in every sense of the word, showcasing Frances' virtuosic songwriting, arrangement, and musicality, while displaying a deep and churning emotional vulnerability.

In what feels like a grand act of generosity, Frances reveals some of her hardest truths confronted over the last several years, giving name to the disquiet that is often kept hidden – grief spurred by the death of her father, internalized patriarchal harm from years of religious trauma, and a collection of hollow, shorn relationships. “How can I be deeper within myself?” is the question Frances seems to return to across Keeper Of The Shepherd.

On “Floodplain”, over dancing acoustic guitar and shimmering violins Frances bellows “How long have I kept you? / How long have I kept the light on? How long have I been gone?” On “Vacant “Intimacies” a tumbling and explosive anthem that highlights Hunter Diamond on saxophone, Frances pleads for a release from the patterns born from past wounds, as she urgently repeats “grasping to the absence/haunted by the lack”. “I just feel like I gave myself away and erased myself in love,” she says. Death too returns to Frances across Keeper, haunting and all encompassing. “Death is a husk/holding the shape of my life,” she sings on “Husk”, with such steady assuredness , and no trace of fear.

There is no singular way Frances grips us with her guitar, or her storytelling. Her voice is colossal in its strength, piercing, warm, and always poised to embrace, even in its quietest expression. The momentum is constantly moving and shifting across Keeper Of The Shepherd. By the end, we're left nearly breathless, shaken by all the ways in which she's managed to hold tight to a feeling, and fling one song into the next.

It's hard work Frances has done here, unearthing the muddled mess of loss and dizzying displacement. In the end, the gift she gives herself is a gift we too might find in our listening: permission to release yourself from the burden of your past, the clinging weight of what no longer becomes you, and feel yourself open up, wide and gaping, with a song hurdling out of your throat. Keeper of the Shepherd is both a prayer and a shield. We are carefully freed from the ruin of what's hurt us, and kept safe, here, in a shining landscape more vast than we ever could have imagined."

Artist: Hannah Frances

Label: Ruination Records