Letters from Gilead
We are so excited to announce our upcoming album, Letters from Gilead, a collection of original songs written by Kirsten Hazler. All the songs were inspired by “The Handmaid’s Tale”, both the original novel by Margaret Atwood, and the Hulu television series created by Bruce Miller based on the novel. We recorded with John Morand at the Sound of Music studio in Richmond, Virginia, with several guest musicians adding their talents to produce a full-band sound. The final masters will be sent off for CD production and digital distribution very soon, and we expect to release the album sometime this fall, preceded by one or two singles.
The album design features artwork by the amazing Mary Chiaramonte. You can find her at www.merrysee.com. Here's a little taste of what's to come...
My Name is June
Now I keep my head down, I don't look them in the eye
Every dress I own is red and the driver is a spy
Once I had a mother, a fighter through and through
They call me by another name, but the name she gave to me is June.
It's June. And all I have left is my name.
So I focus on the blue. I focus on the blue
I float far away to survive another day. I focus on the blue
Blue violets in spring, the box that held my wedding ring
Indigo of a bunting's wing, and blue like the sea
Blue (preview) 0:580:00/0:58
I was lying on the closet floor with my face toward the wall
Contemplating how to end it, when I noticed the scrawl
Someone had been here before
Someone had gotten a knife and etched letters in the wall
I traced them with my fingers but I didn't understand at all
It said "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum."