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Nonesuch Records releases mandolinist, singer, and songwriter Chris Thile’s Laysongs. The album is his first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualise and banter with his ideas about spirituality …

Record Label: Nonesuch

Format: Album

Genre: Alternative, Country & Folk

Release Date: 04/06/2021

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Nonesuch Records releases mandolinist, singer, and songwriter Chris Thile’s Laysongs. The album is his first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualise and banter with his ideas about spirituality.

Recorded in a converted upstate New York church during the pandemic, Laysongs’ centrepiece is the three-part ‘Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth’, which was inspired by C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. The album also features a song Thile wrote about Dionysus; a performance of the fourth movement of Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin; ‘God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot’ based on Buffy Sainte-Marie’s adaptation of a Leonard Cohen poem; a cover of bluegrass legend Hazel Dickens’ ‘Won’t You Come and Sing for Me’; and an original instrumental loosely modelled after the Prelude from J.S. Bach’s Partita for Solo Violin in E Major.

Track Listing

Side A

  1. Laysong
  2. Ecclesiastes
  3. God Is Alive Magic Is Afoot (Sainte-Marie, Cohen)
  4. Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth, Part 1
  5. Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth, Part 2

Side B

  1. Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth, Part 3
  2. Sonata For Solo Violin, Sz. 117: IV. Presto (Bartók)
  3. Dionysus
  4. Won’t You Come and Sing for Me (Dickens)
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