Rhiannon Giddens 'There Is No Other' 2xLP
‘This is acoustic roots music at its most glorious, and Giddens is fast becoming the genre’s brightest star in the firmament.’ – Uncut, 9/10
‘Giddens is going supernova, and it’s a blistering thing.’ – Guardian, Folk Album of the Month
‘Turrisi’s accompaniments add a strange, delicate beauty to Giddens’ solemn, powerful soprano.’ – Mojo
‘A starkly beautiful album that resonates with an ancient, enduring soulfulness.’ – The Times
The vinyl format of Rhiannon Giddens’ latest, critically acclaimed album there is no Other, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, is set to be released on Nonesuch Records on September 13. Produced by Joe Henry and tracked over an intensely productive five day period in Dublin, Ireland, there is no Other is at once a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience. Giddens and Turrisi will perform at the Long Road Festival at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire from September 6 to 9, and return to Europe for a tour in November and December.
Tracing the overlooked movement of sounds from Africa and the Arabic world and their influence on European and American music, there is no Other illuminates the universality of music and the commonality of the human experience. It primarily features only Giddens and Turrisi playing one or two instruments together. The album comprises a mix of original songs penned by Giddens and a diverse set of interpretations ranging from Ola Belle Reed’s ‘I’m Gonna Write Me a Letter’, and Oscar Brown, Jr’s ‘Brown Baby’, the Italian traditional ‘Pizzica di San Vito’ to the aria ‘Black Swan’ by Gian-Carlo Menotti.
Giddens recently told the Irish Times: “It’s all about movement, for both of us...movements of human beings and how we affect each other. If you just look at our range of instruments, where they’ve come from and how they’ve travelled across the world, it’s pretty amazing. The way that both of us approach music is very similar because we’re both educated about where the music is coming from. But when it comes to playing, we’re both just playing what we feel.”
Rhiannon Giddens is a celebrated artist who excavates the past to reveal bold and candid truths about our present. A MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, she has performed for the Obama’s at the White House and acted in two seasons of the hit television series Nashville. She has been profiled by CBS Sunday Morning, the New York Times, and NPR’s Fresh Air, among others. Her acclaimed solo albums, Tomorrow is My Turn (along with the EP Factory Girl, produced by T Bone Burnett) and Freedom Highway, received 3 GRAMMY nominations; her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops (which she co-founded) received a Grammy in 2010. Giddens is also featured in Ken Burns’ Country Music series coming to PBS this fall and will perform at concerts tied to the series in Nashville and New York City. Songs of Our Native Daughters, a collaborative album featuring Giddens that tells the stories of historic black womanhood and survival, was released on Smithsonian Folkways last month to rave reviews.
Catalogue number: 0075597924718