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Song premiere: "The Lines and the Tide" by Anna Tivel

Anna Tivel Photo by Chad Lanning
11 May 2016

Heroes Waking Up, the third full-length album from Portland-based singer-songwriter Anna Tivel, will be released on May 20 by Fluff and Gravy Records. Produced by Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Anais Mitchell, The Mountain Goats), Tivel’s faded-photographic songwriting swells above a soundscape meticulously crafted by Nevins on guitar, lap steel, banjo, and pump organ. He is joined by Sam Howard (Ruth Moody) on bass, Ian Krist (Blind Pilot) on vibraphone, Robin Macmillan on percussion, and Jeffrey Martin and Moorea Masa singing harmonies. Throw in some violin and octave violin from Anna herself and the final effect is a sweeping, dream-like exploration of Tivel’s raw imagery and powerful storytelling.

“This is a song for my dad,” said Tivel of this exquisite song from the new album. “There’s something about the space that songwriting allows, the imagery you can hang a thought on, that lets it breathe more simply than if you tried to say it straight. I love that about writing. My dad is a fisherman, a strong and quiet man with a truly good heart.”