Elisabeth Pixley-Fink has released her debut album, Bloodroot, January 24 on Earthwork Music. Bloodroot offers lush arrangements of honest, introspective songs, directed by piano and enriched with instrumentation including strings, stunning vocal harmonies, electric guitar, and lap steel. The Kalamazoo-based vocalist, pianist, and songwriter recorded the album at Backseat Productions in Ann Arbor with Patrick Carroll co-producing and playing. Ian Gorman mixed and mastered at La Luna in Kalamazoo. The sessions brought in many beloved Michigan artists, including Seth Bernard, Samantha Cooper, members of the MacPodz, the Red Sea Pedestrians, Red Tail Ring and the Chris Bathgate Band.
In 2012, Pixley-Fink was awarded a competitive Artist Development Initiative Grant from the Kalamazoo Arts Council to fund Bloodroot. The album is carefully constructed around two core themes: the sadness of losing a dear friend and a faith in life’s persistence. On Bloodroot, Pixley-Fink draws on her classical music training as well as her love for soul, Motown, and contemporary folk. She offers a confident and cohesive sound, reminiscent of Feist, Gillian Welch and Norah Jones.
Pixley-Fink took a two-week January tour in Mexico to promote the record, accompanied by fellow Earthwork artist Graham Parsons. Bloodroot is available for purchase at www.earthworkmusic.com.
Album review in Revista Replicante, by Hugo Roca Joglar. http://revistareplicante.com/canto-a-la-muerte-de-un-amigo/
"Subtle and pure melodic inspiration…chilling, contained passion…a delicate and lyrical exploration. The twelve songs develop original colors and forms evocative of old folk music, modern pop, pastoral poetry of pagan bards and the mysticism of Walt Whitman."
—Hugo Roca Joglar, Revista Replicante
"Like a magic spell or healing tincture, a distillation of the extremes and the opposites, boiled until you know it is just what you need. In her voice you hear an honest lilt calling out to your tender heart and inviting you closer. In her words you hear stories that speak of loss and triumph, of love and pain, of the beauty in darkness and the light in our sorrow. Her songs are unique yet familiar and her new album Bloodroot is beautifully crafted with all of the care and talent you could dream. I can feel the love and honesty ringing in each note.
--May Erlewine, Earthwork Music
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.