With her latest album, Weeping Cherry, singer/songwriter Ambrosia Parsley has crafted a set of songs that are "basically conversations with dead people."
The stateside release of Weeping Cherry, Ambrosia Parsley's full-length debut, has been a long time coming. Parsley is perhaps most well known for her role in the Americana outfit Shivaree, which was active from 1997-2007. Some folks in the world have been fortunate enough to hear her first complete solo statement, as Weeping Cherry received its worldwide unveiling through a French release in 2013. Now, however, this eclectic, singer/songwriter LP -- one that bridges the styles and tonalities of indie folk, jazz, and even soul ("Skin & Bone") -- will see a broader United States release next week. Stream it in its entirety below.
Weeping Cherry came about after a particular year in which Parsley dealt with a series of deaths of bandmates, relatives, and friends. As a consequence, the songs on the record, she says, are "basically conversations with dead people", and "more exorcism than exercise."
Parsley tells PopMatters, "After an eight year vow of silence, an angel came unto me and bade that I create this tome. I cut some hair and fed an army. I followed people on trains and wrote down what they said. I got bed bugs.
"This record is gluten free. Not me."
Weeping Cherry is out on 28 April via Barbès Records.