Juanita Stein – America (Released 28th July)

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Stein formed Howling Bells with her brother, Joel, and friends when they moved to London
together in 2004. Four acclaimed albums followed, along with headline tours and festival
shows around the world, and huge support dates including several US tours with Coldplay
and The Killers. A break from Howling Bells around the arrival of her first child saw the first
shoots of her solo work start to emerge, and now we find ourselves here. America, an
unpredictable place, forever bound up in a uniquely widescreen hope and romance.
An evocative and beautiful record (produced by Gus Seyffert (Beck, Ryan Adams) in L.A.),
Stein’s honeyed voice weaves stories of heartbreak and optimism, from the unmistakably
Western-influenced Dark Horse, to the moody love song, Cry. Florence is inspired by a reallife
photograph by Dorothea Langue, taken during the Great Depression, of the eponymous
Florence Owens Thompson, a tale of a struggle for themselves and their children that’s as
relevant to women of the world today as it ever was. The songs on the LP tell tales of
characters real and imagined, Stein’s own experiences woven amongst them.
“This record is an ode to the dark heart of America. The music of Roy Orbison, Dusty
Springfield, Lee and Nancy and Patsy Cline all informed my musical sensibilities. They
opened up this wide screen universe for me.” – Juanita Stein.
Tracklist
1. Florence
2. Dark Horse
3. Black Winds
4. I’ll Cry
5. Stargazer
6. Shimmering
7. Someone Else’s Dime
8. It’s All Wrong
9. Not Paradise
10. Cold Comfort
11. America
Says Stein of the album: “This record is an ode to the dark heart of America. Of times gone
and times to come. Dusty trails, a whimsical 50s suburbia and the haze of the 1960s. I’ve
forever idealised American life – growing up in Australia we were fed the American dream
through film and television. The dichotomy between what was real and a dream is forever
intriguing to me. The music of Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Lee and Nancy and Patsy Cline
all informed my musical sensibilities. They opened up this wide screen universe for me.”

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