It's always a good day when we get to bring you new music from Hoosier songwriters. Today is one of those good days, as we premiere Andrew Burden's simmering folk single "The Valley" from upcoming album Ghost Folk, out on Feb. 23. This track is low-key heartstring-pulling, and meandering in a good way. The record drops on coke bottle clear vinyl in limited editions (more info on that availability here) via In Store Recordings, who will also host a showcase March 10 at White Rabbit Cabaret, with Burden and other rostered artists playing.
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It takes Hoosier songwriter Andrew Burden one line to draw the listener into his creative space on “Black Knees”, the leadoff track of Burden’s debut album Ghost Folk. The anguish is palpable. It’s in our bones. Ten words, and we’re there. By the time he reaches the chorus a couple of lines later, the dejected sincerity of his delivery on “And I’m tired of dying for nothing at all…” is enough to send anyone within earshot shuffling toward the bar to buy the guy a drink.
The fact that Ghost Folk found daylight is the result of a determined roll of the dice on the part of Burden. The album was recorded over a week at the Willamette Mountain studio of fellow singer-songwriter Joshua James, with James’ veteran backing band lending its support. That opportunity came out of a brief conversation following James’ set at Indianapolis venue The Hi-Fi last summer.
James left Burden with a parting line, “If you ever want to cut a record, come out to Utah.” Who knows whether the invitation was sincere? Regardless, the pair kept in touch. A few months later, Burden showed up to darken James’ American Fork, Utah doorstep. Seven days later he left with a 6-track album that refuses to be pigeonholed as anything more restrictive than honest, American songwriting.
“I still don’t know what genre I play,” Burden confesses. “I really don’t.”
The six tracks that comprise Ghost Folk find Burden wrestling demons and confronting spiritual crises at every turn. He rarely gets specific about the scars that led him to pen these songs, but that ambiguity is part of what makes them so universal.
Here's a live version from another song on Ghost Folk, filmed in 2014. And, if you want a little more Burden, his first single "Black Knees" is streaming on his Bandcamp page here.