SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a guitarist from North Carolina who’s newly signed to the peerless Thrill Jockey Records (home of Tortoise, Trans Am, The Sea & Cake etc). Lauded for her 12 string finger picking skills, until now she’s rarely used her voice as an instrument, but that’s all changed with new album “Deeper Woods”, where the texture is richened and the poetry is emboldened. Influenced by Appalachian folk traditions, a love of the wilderness and a yen for psychedelia, she’s not backwoods in coming forwards…welcome to Velvet Sheep, the vivid vibes of Sarah Louise!

Check out “The Field That Touches My House And Yours” – a pastoral foray away from guitar (and a title which nearly contains that of her other band House And Land) on the link below…

And here’s the lush artwork of “Deeper Woods” out on Thrill Jockey on May 11th.

“Deeper Woods” features performances by Louise’s House and Land bandmate Sally Anne Morgan, as well as frequent collaborator Thom Nguyen, and Jason Meagher (Black Dirt Studios), who also mixed the album. The majority of the album was produced and engineered by Louise at her home studio in the forests of North Carolina and you can feel the thrum of the crickets and the magical ley lines within the intricately build melodies. It’s beautiful stuff, serious definitely, but seriously beautiful.

But what did SL from TJ choose for her VS “song for ewe”? Without further ado…

“Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes “Ame Debout”

Alpes’ homemade instruments and Ribeiro’s ultra-emotive voice combine into a perfect expression of their radical politics.

It’s good to be reminded how much music can express that words alone cannot, as it resonates in our bodies and helps us feel the power we have to speak our truths to injustice of any stripe. Good medicine for bad times!”

you can pre-order “Deeper Woods” on the link below…


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