wears the trousers magazine

free music friday: anaïs mitchell
February 12, 2010, 5:21 pm
Filed under: free music friday, mp3 | Tags: , , , ,

Anaïs Mitchell
‘Flowers (Eurydice’s Song)’

We’ve been harping on about Anaïs Mitchell’s new album Hadestown for well over a year now, so it’s with great pleasure that we’re finally able to bring you a freebie from it. It’s worth reiterating first that this project was originally conceived and performed as a stage musical based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, retelling the tale from the perspective of a commercially exploited Depression-era mining town seen through a vintage futurism lens. It then took on a life of its own in the recording studio with a hugely impressive cast of characters. With Greg Brown as Hades, King of the Underworld, Ani DiFranco as his wife Persephone, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver as Orpheus, Anaïs as Eurydice, The Low Anthem’s Ben Knox Miller as the messenger Hermes, the original Hadestown cast as the Chorus, and Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden (aka The Haden Triplets) as the Fates, Hadestown has come a long way from its humble beginnings, and it’s definitely an album that demands to be heard in one sitting.

In ‘Flowers (Eurydice’s Song)’ – the only solo Anaïs track on the album – we find Eurydice in the throes of a deep regret, having been lured into Hadestown on the promise of a better life. Here she pines for the natural beauty of the world outside the walls of the industrial hell of Hadestown (“Flowers, I remember fields of flowers / soft beneath my heels / walking in the sun”), and for her husband Orpheus. Beautifully orchestrated by Michael Chorney, it’s magical stuff. MP3 after the jump.

FREE MP3: Anaïs Mitchell, ‘Flowers (Eurydice’s Song)’

BONUS MP3: Ben Knox Miller & Justin Vernon, ‘Wait For Me’

visit Anaïs Mitchell on Myspace


3 Comments so far
Leave a comment

I think I need help, I’ve had Hadestown on repeat for the past two weeks and the songs play in my head even when I’m sleeping. I can’t imagine a better album coming out this year, though there are others I’ve been looking forward to.

Comment by muruch

I hear you! It’s having a similar effect on me. It’s not even out in the UK until April 26. You guys are lucky that you get the full package so much earlier.

Comment by Wears The Trousers magazine

wow. yep- had flowers on repeat over and over. This might be the best thing I’ve ever heard…

I’m pretty obsessed with Orpheus and Eurydice…just finishing up a recording exploring her and ‘sleeping’ women in myth… nothing on this though. I want it now!

Comment by woodpecker wooliams

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: