Check out the interview here! Iris DeMent talks to Terry Gross about writing her first song, the church and how music is the calling that forces her into the spotlight.
No Depression has a new review of Iris Dement’s new album, The Trackless Woods. The review is also an in-depth look at Anna Akhmatova’s work and and life. Read the review here!
On Sunday, October 4th, Iris Dement’s song “Let The Mystery Be” will play over opening credits for HBO’s show, The Leftovers. Check out the show’s official page here for more info!
Check out this in-depth PopMatters review of Iris’ new album “The Trackless Woods”.
“The Trackless Woods has a lightness of touch which makes Dement’s interpretation of Akhmatova’s collision with history an interesting listen. It is equally captivating when addressing the personal. A particular highlight is the haunting and emotional “The Souls of All My Dears”, based on lines from Akhmatova’s “Requiem”.”
Check out this new article by Oxford American about Iris Dement and her upcoming album, The Trackless Woods. The article also features an exclusive song off the new album!
“Iris DeMent makes music that celebrates humanity’s efforts toward salvation, while acknowledging that most of our time on Earth is spent reconciling with the fact that we don’t feel so redeemed. Grounded in hymns, early country songs, gospel and folk, DeMent’s work is treasured by those who know it for its insight and unabashed beauty.”
“The title cut from DeMent’s new album is a love song to the South, her drawl caressing the lyrics like a Stax Records piano-triplet groove.”
NPR’s Ken Tucker reviews Sing the Delta on Fresh Air:
“The songs on Sing the Delta only grow more rich, more emotionally complex, the more you hear them. And I plan to keep listening to these songs for a long time.”
“Even though Iris DeMent admits she likes to work at her own pace when it comes to songwriting, 16 years is a long time. The songs themselves are as languorous as a hot summer afternoon, evoking DeMent’s early childhood in Arkansas. But her distinct voice – richer, more expressive and more reflective than ever – pulls you along through the entire album. In an era when we demand instant gratification from everything, DeMent’s new CD says a lot for taking your sweet time.”
Meredith Ochs of NPR’s All Things Considered reviews “Sing The Delta” – listen to the complete review online.