Mourning Dove has released a new single! Our take on Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
You can find it here on iTunes
Or, on our Bandcamp
Fete Magazine column about Women in Music — features Lisa Stubbs of Mourning Dove.
With a bait line of “Fans of First Aid Kit would do well to check out this promising debut.” How can we not be flattered?
Here’s the article on Pop Matters
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly which folk tradition Mourning Dove favors, which is far from a bad thing. The duo of Lisa Stubbs and Niel Brooks seem to view classic English folk and Appalachian traditions with equal fondness, resulting in a debut EP that sounds tailor-made not only for those who remember Fairport Convention or Nick Drake, but also for fans of lush, lilting modern acts like First Aid Kit or Lily & Madeleine.
The disc’s five songs are characterized by Stubbs’s clear vocals and by subtle acoustic guitar interplay, as well as a sense of twilit magical realism in which flowers spring from palms and music reverberates through the rocks. “Flower Song” comes in on an insistent bass line and violins that build a sense of unease before settling into a pastoral pace, while a pedal steel-limned cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” not only mutates into an unexpected and fast-paced dance rhythm, but it also comes full-circle with the rhythms that dominate the end of “Mourning Dove”. Chrysalis is a promising debut, and one that’s over far too quickly.
And a big thanks to Andrew Gilstrap at Pop Matters for giving us a listen! <3
The Greenville Journal rated Mourning Dove’s “Chrysalis” as the best local release of 2014!
Singer/songwriter Niel Brooks has been playing in and around the Upstate for years, but the duo he’s formed with singer Lisa Stubbs might be his best move yet. “Chrysalis” is a hushed, immaculately produced, impressionistic EP that is almost more of a long tone poem than a collection of songs. Stubbs’ ethereal voice and unique lyrical approach (more like a series of photographs than a narrative) is spellbinding, and Brooks frames her performances perfectly.
Thanks so much to Vincent Harris for this amazing review in The Greenville Journal.
One of the benefits of writing this column is discovering new and exciting musical projects developing right here in the Upstate.
Mourning Dove, a collaboration between singer/multi-instrumentalist Niel Brooks and singer/songwriter/guitarist Lisa Stubbs, is one of the most promising groups I’ve heard in quite some time.
When I first heard their new EP, “Chrysalis,” I was tempted to draw comparisons to the Cowboy Junkies’ groundbreaking “Trinity Session” album. Brooks’ production makes it sound as if the music is being played in a massive cathedral, framing Stubbs’ spellbinding voice in layers of echo and reverb. The songs, all written by Stubbs save for a haunting cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” are at once immediate and mysterious, replacing the all-too-common “confessional singer/songwriter” fare with heavily imagistic, richly metaphorical lyrics.
See more at: The Greenville Journal Online
We are so thankful for the wonderful article posted by GoUpstate (and our good friend, Dan Armonaitis). We met with Dan last week for some coffee and discussed the new record etc. Here is the article…
A couple of years ago, one of the Upstate’s more respected musicians, Niel Brooks, stopped by The Handlebar in Greenville and heard a voice that stopped him in his tracks.
“I walked in and she was playing a (Bob) Dylan cover — ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,’ ” Brooks said, referring to Lisa Stubbs, who was performing alongside fellow singer-songwriters Annie Ellie and Hannah Baker. “I was like, ‘that’s awesome.’ I mean, it was better than any Joni Mitchell version or, for that matter, any female version I’d heard.”
Frustrated by the idle chatter of most of the bar patrons surrounding him, Brooks eased his way closer and continued to be captivated by Stubbs as she moved on to some of her original songs.
“The vocals, the guitar and the melodies were totally different than anything that was predictable,” Brooks said. “I was like, ‘I’ve got to meet this person.’ ”
Very nice of them to write about our release in this article —
“When Record Store Day, the annual event created in 2007 to celebrate the culture surrounding more than 700 independently owned record stores in the U.S., comes around, none of Greenville’s music retailers take it lightly.” … read more:
We are super excited to be releasing “Chrysalis” on Record Store Day at our favorite independent record store: Horizon Records. Please come help us celebrate – and pick up some fancy Record Store Day merchandise while you’re there. We will be playing the EP live at 2:00pm on the Bohemian stage (connected to Horizon Records). Hope to see you there!