Daughter of Swords – “Dawnbreaker”

Vermont trio Mountain Man have always had an out-of-time feeling to their songs, conjuring up visions of Appalachian folk that, while sparse, hang on the air with a permanence that upsets their fragility. On her solo debut at Daughter of Swords, the band’s Alexandra Sauser-Monnig captures many of the same feelings, just without the three-part harmonies that have always pulled in an “Oh, Brother Where Art Thou” feeling. The ode to breaking dawn is a simple, rambling folk song, but Sauser-Monnig’s voice hangs on the air sweet as dew, yearning for summer mornings when the air is warm as an embrace, autumn mornings when the stillness of solitude is practically spiritual, and spring mornings when the sun chases away the last night’s downpour. Her debut is out June 28th on Nonesuch.

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