Friday, October 27, 2023
– Dori Freeman is out with "Movie Screen," the third single released in advance of the Galax, Va. singer/songwriter's fifth studio album, "Do You Recall."
The album is due Nov. 17 on her own Blue Hens Music imprint.
A gently swaying country lullaby, the track pays tribute to the escapist allure of the silver screen: "Well I go to the movies so I can be free, to sail far away with the man on the screen. And though it ain't real and though it ain't true, it eases my mind for an hour or two."
"I wrote 'Movie Screen' deep into the pandemic after watching many hours of 'Peaky Blinders'," said Freeman. "As the song developed, the movie theatre became a broader metaphor for the way many of us turn to entertainment as distraction from the challenges of our day to day lives."
After traveling to New York City to record her first three albums with producer Teddy Thompson, Freeman chose to stay in Virginia for the "Ten Thousand Roses" CD sessions. She remained there for the creation of "Do You Recall," too, tapping drummer Nicholas Falk, her husband, as well as a touring member of Hiss Golden Messenger, Caamp and Seth Walker — to produce.
The two musicians worked out of a small, timber-framed recording studio in the couple's own backyard, tracking songs during the daytime hours while their daughter attended school. Freeman sings of motherhood, marriage, and life in modern-day Appalachia.