Annie Bacon & Her Oshen | Nothing Stays the Same

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Nothing Stays the Same

by Annie Bacon & Her Oshen

An earnest and honest folk rock sound reeling between the pure tones of Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac and the emotional storytelling arcs of Tracy Chapman. Music that means something and makes you feel.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Better Not Begin
2:58 $1.00
2. There Is No Way
3:26 $1.00
3. Nothing Stays the Same
3:30 $1.00
4. I Wanna Die Like Lou Reed
3:35 $1.00
5. What We Said
3:50 $1.00
6. In Dreams
2:21 $1.00
7. Two Way Street
5:02 $1.00
8. Long Road (feat. The Singer and the Songwriter)
2:43 $1.00
9. Used to Be the One (feat. Eric + Erica)
1:58 $1.00
10. Nikki's Song
3:38 $1.00
11. Gallatin Pike (feat. Eight Belles)
4:45 $1.00
12. Wanted to Love You More
3:39 $1.00
13. Learning as I Go
2:52 $1.00
14. Next Time You See Me (feat. Meryl T. Press & James Nash)
2:28 $1.00
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Album Notes
After nearly two decades in San Francisco, folk singer-songwriter Annie Bacon recently relocated her family to Michigan for a fresh perspective. In the spirit of Americana, she recorded an album along the way: from San Francisco, to Nashville, to her new home of Ann Arbor. On her fifth effort with her OSHEN, Nothing Stays the Same (available July 2019), Bacon explores themes of heartbreak, change, mental health, and dissolution of ego while returning to her original intent as an artist: to foster connection.

“In each song’s case, the team of musicians is built around one idea: honor the connections,” says Bacon.“This means I’m working with people new and old who I adore, who treat people well, and who are capable of deep connection with the musical gods. I’m also collaborating with artist friends for each of the songs to create an original piece of visual art, to deepen the connection in a visual manner.”

The 14 track Nothing stays the same is the most complete expression of the sound Bacon has been chasing for a decade. The band has made a career slinging emotion, empathy and vulnerability in their sweet brand of folk-rock. Now those roots twist around the country edge of Americana while wide emotional arcs rise and fall. Songs of heartbreak and loneliness are balanced with a sermon of tenderness towards oneself, and a philosophical meditation on the meaning of Lou Reed's life. Two guest vocalists (Rachel Garcia of The Singer & The Songwriter and Meryl T. Press) breathe new dimension into Annie's lyrical melodies. The album is meant to connect - each song to its own universe of lonely hearts, but also together to the ardent need so many of us share to be seen.

Seven of the tracks were engineered and produced by Paul Defiglia (Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim) at his Sensitive Sound studio in Nashville. Longtime collaborators Omar Cuellar (Facing New York, Adam Haworth Stephens), Tal Ariel, Meryl Press (Hope Sandoval, Paula Frasier), Elizabeth Greenblatt and James Nash (the Waybacks) all make appearances, with Press taking the lead on one track. Dear friends, old friends and new collaborators - including Jon Radford (Lily Hiatt), Rachel Garcia & Thu Tran (The Singer & The Songwriter), Thomas Bryan Eaton (Miss Tess) and others - round out the tracks.

On the first of three singles to be released, “Gallatin Pike”, her OSHEN (consisting this time of the Santa Rosa-Kalamazoo based eight belles’ Henry Nagle and Jessi Philips, along with Kevin Carducci (The Easy Leaves), and Dan Ford) provides a dreamy arrangement to compliment Bacon’s lush and often haunting vocals. Written while driving along Nashville’s notoriously gritty and glorious stretch of land, “Gallatin Pike” is a stunning homage to the folk and Americana sound Bacon has long chased after.

The title track to the forthcoming LP Nothing stays the same, see the band leaning into the darkness of depression, wallowing for a moment in the battle of the wills (to live or die), and then leaping into an earnest sermon of tenderness and patience. It’s a song that is meant to do work in the world.

The third and final single, "Two Way Street" is a quintessentially Annie Bacon & her OSHEN take on heartbreak: contemplative, melancholy and containing an utterly infectious hook you’ll find yourself singing days after hearing it. The song was written in response to a personal memory, but from its first informal performance on a porch in northern Michigan, the song began resonating with that universal truth that breaks open a story and makes it every person’s. The deep groove creates a hypnotic soundscape, locked into place by Cuellar and Defiglia. Annie’s melody twists as if in conversation with the Nash's guitar lines. By the time the chorus hits, the hook is burned in the memory, questioning everything and singeing the soul.

Annie Bacon’s work has been lauded by No Depression, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Earmilk, and more. In 2016-17 she appeared in a small part of Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music in New York and San Francisco. In addition to her work as a musician, Bacon also works as a music journalist, contributing to KQED, The Bay Bridged, She Shreds and others.



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