Antenna Farm is proud to announce the newest addition to our roster, Austin artist Dana Falconberry. We are super excited to be releasing Leelanau this fall, Dana’s third full length album and her first release for AF!
Dana came to our attention earlier this year when we heard her Though I Didn’t Call It Came EP, released in January on Sacramento’s Crossbill Records. A look at her significant role in Echotone, a great documentary on the Austin Music scene and a NY Times Critics Pick, was intriguing. But seeing her perform with a full band at SXSW really sealed the deal for us.
More on Leelanau after the jump, but first check out lead single Lake Charlevoix from this week’s premiere, courtesy of Nylon Mag:
Leelanau is Dana Falconberry‘s most realized work to date, an ode to rural Michigan with references to stories both real and imagined, a travelogue of both places on the map and of complex emotions stirred by memory. Themes of regret and estrangement are balanced by expressions of youthful joy and discovery, with many songs using real locales as starting points and interweaving the human experience with the world surrounding it.
In creating Leelanau, Dana was determined to push herself as a songwriter while staying true to the sound and aesthetic that had earned her a growing fan base in Austin and beyond. While previous recordings emphasized the sparse and delicate, on Leelanau, Dana’s fairy-like voice is bolstered by the exquisite orchestration of a six-piece band (Gina Dvorak, Karla Manzur, Matthew Shepherd, Christopher Cox, Lindsey Verrill) who are central to the bountiful soundscapes Falconberry creates. The newly developed string arrangements (arranged by bandmember Cox and performed by Austin’s Tosca String Quartet) match the growth in Falconberry’s songwriting approach.
For the recording of Leelanau, Falconberry and her newly formed band sequestered themselves in a gospel church-turned-recording studio in east Austin, essentially moving in. To say that the songs were rooted in places and visuals is no overstatement; Dana made prints of scenes for her bandmembers to study while recording their parts, like visual aids. Leelanau was recorded by Grant Johnson, mixed by Danny Reisch (of Shearwater), and produced by Johnson, Cox, and Falconberry.
Dana Falconberry will be hitting the road this August for a west coast tour, stay tuned for a full itinerary. The Lake Charlevoix single will be released to iTunes in early August as well, coupled with an exclusive non-album B-side. And finally, the Leelanau LP releases on October 9th, 2012.
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