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Odetta Hartman Swansongs 2023

Odetta Hartman announces in-store shows alongside new single, “Winter Constellations”

20 February 2024, 15:21 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

New York singer-songwriter Odetta Hartman has shared "Winter Constellations" as the latest preview of her second album, swansongs.

Odetta Hartman has previously shared the singles “Dr. No” and “Goldilocks”, which will also feature on her forthcoming second album, which follows 222 – her debut mini-LP – and 2018’s Old Rockhounds Never Die.

“This was the first to track, last to crack. The early demos of this song were always built around a banjo accompaniment but the lack of quality home studio resources left the chordal content feeling limp and metallic," she explains. "Freedom’s bag of tricks - including crayola-colored boom whackers & a homemade xylophone with slate and glass panes - brought so much life and whimsy to the arrangement, requiring a warmer layer of support than my cheap-o-banjo could offer. Luckily, Wyatt had fallen deep into the rabbit hole of synth magic, and with a mad-scientist’s grin, suggested we “feed the DNA” to his Moog, then scroll through our options."

"This breakthrough moment was an ultimate game-changer for the record, and frankly, my personal musicianship: by converting the banjo audio to midi, we were able to twiddle knobs til we found the most perfectly warm digital texture while keeping my finger-picked gestures and individual impulses intact. The solution arose from being absolutely stumped and subsequently inspired many revisions on the record - an excellent reminder of why we love the craft!”

In addition to the new single, Odetta also announces in-stores at London’s Rough Trade West on 22 March, and Rough Trade New York on 11 April, to celebrate the release. She’ll also be supporting Mutual Benefit on their tour across Europe, the UK and Ireland.

Swansongs, is set for release on 22 March via Transgressive Records, and isavailable to pre-order.

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