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Pupilla di Tom Waits (dal 2004 ha pubblicato cinque dischi sulla sua stessa label, la Anti), Jolie Holland tornata a ottobre 2023 con un nuovo album (per la cronaca: una meraviglia) dal titolo Haunted Mountain. Lo stesso titolo dato pochi mesi prima dall'amico Buck Meek (The Big Thief) al proprio disco! E non un caso, dato che Meek ha collaborato all'album della Holland e i due hanno concordato di chiamare i rispettivi lavori con lo stesso nome!
Ecco la preview su Pitchfork e la bellissima recensione su Folk Radio Uk.

Over the span of her career, Jolie Holland has knotted together a century of American
songjazz, blues, soul, rock and rollinto some stew that is impossible to categorize with
any conventional critical terminology. This is her burden and her gift, to know all of these
American songs of the last ten decades in her head and her heart, and to have to wrestle
with their legacy. She dives straight to the pathos of a song the way the very greatest
singers, singers like Mavis Staples, or Al Green, or Skip James, or Tom Waits do. Upon first
encounter her songs seem challenging, perhaps unsettling at times, but as so many poets
and rockers have shown us (from Dante Alighieri to William Blake to Sylvia Plath to Patti
Smith to Nick Cave to Mark E. Smith) thats where the beauty lies. As evident on her first
recordings, Holland apparently has no fear of the truth, and there is no emotional core that
she cannot reach in song. In fact she thrives on the red hot center of a musical composition,
in all its strange and brutal detail.
This fall, Jolie Holland will unveil her latest album, Haunted Mountain; intricately
connected with friend and collaborator Buck Meeks record of the same name, Haunted
Mountain features five songs co-written by the pair, including the mesmerizing title track.

Holland explains:
I wrote the song a couple years ago, and it existed as two verses for many months. Buck
added a third verse, and then we both began performing it with our bands. When he told me
he was including our song on his next record, I was extremely pleased at the weirdness I
was going to release a version as well. Then he told me he wanted to name his record
Haunted Mountain, only if youre not already naming your record Haunted Mountain.
Well, that had been the name of my next record for quite a while. We thought about it for a
minute and decided it was bizarre and wonderful. Bucks Haunted Mountain is out in late
August. My Haunted Mountain comes out in the autumn. I love how the image of a haunted
mountain is so open ended. I love how fun it is to say. I am enormously pleased that Buck
chose it as his album name too.
The nine-track stunner delves into a treasure trove of themes, from anti-colonial thought to
homelessness, all while exploring the profound significance of being in reciprocity with
nature. When the world is sacred, we are moved to protect it, Holland explains. Elves stop
highways in Iceland. Faeries save forests in Ireland. Even though the numinous is beyond
reason, its a motivating, communicative idea. You can tell it to a kid, and when the kid
grows up they might understand it ecologically, or they might understand it aesthetically.
The numinous is a huge idea,  she continues. An old friend of mine saw the Jordan River at
a place in Palestine where it was just a little creek. His description opened up this realization
to me: every river is sacred to someone. Every inch of Earth is someones storied, sung
homelands. No one needs to understand this more than settler Americans.
Working closely with her talented collaborators, Adam Brisbin and Justin
Veloso, Jolie recorded the core of the album as a trio before adding layers of intriguing
overdubs. Ever the innovator, she employed some unconventional recording techniques,
like capturing the sound of knuckles rapping on the piano and incorporating the sounds of
cicadas in album closer What Its Worth. The intriguing atmosphere of Feet On The
Ground was created by running a drum machine through an amp into a vast barn, every
sonic experiment a testament to her willingness to push the boundaries of her art.
Haunted Mountain  is a triumph of boundless creativity, profound lyricism, and thought-
provoking artistry. With poetic storytelling awash in a dream-like sonic palette, Holland
invites audiences on an alluring journey that transcends genres and leaves an indelible mark
on the heart and mind.

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