- April 14, 2019 at 7:00pm
- CSPS Hall
- $17 advance | $21 door
Peter Mulvey has been a singer, songwriter, road-dog, raconteur, and almost-poet since before he can remember. With a career spanning three decades, eighteen albums, and countless live performances, he’s built his life’s work on collaboration, as well as an instinct for the eclectic and vital. And now, on February 15, he’ll release his most vivid album yet: There Is Another World on Righteous Babe Records.
But let’s go back two years. Early in 2017, a series of upheavals found Mulvey spending the winter in a friend’s empty house in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Unmoored and lost in the middle of his life, he spent hours each day walking along the frozen marsh of the Bark River, through the wintry oak savannah nearby. The songs came in fast and strange and vivid, and Mulvey transcribed them during his nights in the vacant house. They went on to become his new album: a powerful dreamscape of imagistic auditory sketches; wrenching, haunting odes; and songs that some would even call sweet.
Produced by Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Anais Mitchell, Andrew Bird), the thirteen-track effort amounts to a remarkable stab, potent and brief. Alienation, loss, and heartbreak -- all these are rendered lucid, even beautiful, when seen in the bright, dark, sideways light of deep winter. The album is also a story of renewal, through close attention and a determined stillness, a piercing gaze toward detail and a simple, open-hearted acceptance of what is.