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Anna St. Louis - If Only There Was A River Vinyl LP - direct audio

Anna St. Louis - If Only There Was A River Vinyl LP

Woodsist Records

  • $ 1998


Anna St. Louis If Only There Was A River Vinyl LP

If Only There Was A River is the debut proper from Anna St. Louis. The songwriter, who originally hails from Kansas City, began writing songs after moving to Los Angeles 5 years ago and has previously released a cassette on Woodsist/Mare Records, appropriately titled First Songs. St. Louis really spreads her wings here and expands on the promise hinted at on First Songs.

To achieve that end, she enlisted Kyle Thomas (King Tuff) and Kevin Morby to produce, with the former also engineering the record in his home in Mount Washington, LA. The 11-track collection also features Justin Sullivan (Night Shop) on drums and multi-instrumentalist Oliver Hill (Pavo Pavo). Although there are hints of influences like Loretta Lynn, John Fahey and Townes Van Zandt, it's not a nostalgic affair. Rather it marks the emergence of an artist fully coming into their own.

"Being from the Midwest means a certain tone is woven into ones' fabric. And every now and then, someone comes along who has the power to convey that feeling in their cadence alone. And so all hail Anna St Louis, who lets us into her world of heartache, wonder and a never-ending, never-beginning dance with time. Her album is for the mystics, reminding us that the world is full of magic at every turn, if only we let ourselves see it.

Sometimes just by stating a simple observation, St. Louis lets us in on an infinite truth that perhaps we wouldn't have seen otherwise. To step into the world of Anna St. Louis is to step into a world where the heart leads straight to the soul and where everything is cloaked in beautiful mystery. If Only There Was A River is a record of longing – of a soul reaching for more." - Kevin Morby

Anna St. Louis If Only There Was A River Track Listing:

1. Water
2. Understand
3. The Bells
4. Paradise
5. Daisy
6. Desert
7. Hello
8. Freedom
9. Mean Love
10. Wind
11. If Only There Was A River


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