Monday, July 2, 2012
– The Decemberists' off-shoot Black Prairie will release its second disc in September.
Sugar Hill Records will release "A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart..." the second album by Black Prairie, the back-porch ensemble founded by the Decemberists' Chris Funk, Nate Query and Jenny Conlee, on Sept. 18 on Sugar Hill.
Produced by Tucker Martine, "Tear in the Eye..." is the follow up to "Feast of the Hunter's Moon" and the first Black Prairie album to primarily feature vocalist Annalisa Tornfelt. Written collaboratively by all band members, the album features Tornfelt's gentle, classic country-inspired singing with Baltic-Appalachian instrumentals and orchestral interludes.
"I don't feel like there's any boundaries in this band at all," said guitarist Jon Neufeld. "All my weird songs have finally found a home in this group."
Black Prairie was formed in 2008, in the living rooms of Portland's music scene, during downtime by The Decemberists' members and their friends, Tornfelt (vocals, fiddle) and Neufeld.
"At that time, I needed a shot in the arm," said Funk, who began spending more time with the Dobro. "We're trying to keep the acoustic integrity of the acoustic aspect of it - but otherwise, it's no holds barred. With these five instruments, what can we do?"
Black Prairie has become a Portland house band and is recording a series of collaborations with singers in their hometown, the first release of which being a 7" with James Mercer of The Shins and Sallie Ford.
The group will tour this fall.