On Saturday, February 23, there will be a CD Release Show for “Stranger Angels”, the debut solo record release from David Huckfelt, songwriter and co-founder of the transcendent Minneapolis indie-folk band The Pines. “Stranger Angels” is a twelve-song stream of consciousness opus from a songwriter whose vision and depth provide a stirring soundtrack to the “thin places” where the world seen and unseen collide. Written in a fourteen-day flurry of solitude as the Artist-In-Residence at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, “Stranger Angels” marks the arrival of a fully-formed confluence of poetry, activism, conservation, and and a darkly poetic plea to protect all thing vulnerable in these troubled times.
Recorded with a stellar and fiery arsenal of musical friends on a 100 year old farm in Wisconsin, the record features guest appearances by Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso, Dave Simonette of Trampled By Turtles, J.T. Bates (co-producer, Hiss Golden Messenger, Bon Iver, Big Red Machine), Darin Gray ( Jeff Tweedy, William Tyler), Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird), Erik Koskinen, Michael Rossetto (Pieta Brown, The Pines). Andrew Broder (Fog, Cloak Ox) deftly adorns the tracks with an array of public domain samples throughout, and Phil Cook’s (Hiss Golden Messenger) organ brings a gospel illumination.
‘Stranger Angels’ follows Huckfelt’s latest album with The Pines, 2016’s ‘Above The Prairie.’ Hailed by No Depression as “dazzling,” drawing the attention of Rolling Stone’s David Fricke who called The Pines “poignant stark country” and earning high praise in both the US and Europe, with Mojo calling it “their most beautiful yet” and Minnesota NPR station The Current raving that it “hits so close to the gut that it reminds us that they are truly a singular band.