Odetta Hartman shares new Single, ‘Winter Constellations’

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New York singer-songwriter Odetta Hartman will release her second album, swansongs, next month, March 22 via Transgressive Records. Odetta has previously shared the singles “Dr. No” and “Goldilocks”.

Today, Odetta unveils the final single ahead of her album release. On album highlight “Winter Constellations” Odetta says, “This was the first to track, last to crack. The early demos of this song were always built around a banjo accompaniment but the lack of quality home studio resources left the chordal content feeling limp and metallic. Freedom’s bag of tricks – including crayola-colored boom whackers & a homemade xylophone with slate and glass panes – brought so much life and whimsy to the arrangement, requiring a warmer layer of support than my cheap-o-banjo could offer.

Luckily, Wyatt had fallen deep into the rabbit hole of synth magic, and with a mad-scientist’s grin, suggested we “feed the DNA” to his Moog, then scroll through our options. This breakthrough moment was an ultimate game-changer for the record, and frankly, my personal musicianship: by converting the banjo audio to midi, we were able to twiddle knobs til we found the most perfectly warm digital texture while keeping my finger-picked gestures and individual impulses intact. The solution arose from being absolutely stumped and subsequently inspired many revisions on the record – an excellent reminder of why we love the craft!”

Watch/listen to “Winter Constellations” here.

In addition to the new single, Odetta also announces in-stores at London’s Rough Trade West on March 22 and Rough Trade New York on April 11 to celebrate the release. She’ll also be supporting Mutual Benefit on their tour across Europe, the UK and Ireland. Full list of dates below.

Following her debut mini-LP 222 and 2018’s Old Rockhounds Never Die, which saw her touring her unique performance style, part Jack White rock and roll folk blues, part electronic experimentations, with the likes of Let’s Eat Grandma, Cosmo Sheldrake and Skullcrusher, Odetta returns with her strongest set of songs to date on swansongs – another fever dream of a record including the experimental pop of “Goldilocks”, the dramatic string lead single “Dr No.” and her radical re-working of the traditional “Motherless Child” first made famous by her namesake Odetta.

Equally inspired by AG Cook’s Apple & New Orleans trad jazz, the musical mixology of these songs cycle spans various genres of folk, americana, pop, punk, soul, ambient & spiritual. Lyrically, it tenders the tension of two truths in opposition, through its inquisition of the interplay between fear and desire. Dichotomy is at the heart of this deep exploration into shadow work, mythological musings, healing frequencies, eclectic expressions, and the art of sculpted sound.

Constrained by the unique circumstances of modern isolation, Odetta and her co-producers – Alex Friedman and Wyatt Bertz – production style was mitigated by the digital interface of remote collaboration. Synthesizers worked overtime to translate plunky banjos into lush wooden textures and shape white noise transitions into ASMR delights. They cast the widest nets in spite of life’s limitations and diligently discovered the unexpected inside jokes. Versions upon versions ended up on the cutting room floor until the songs resembled quilted sound collages woven by their three meticulous hands. Together they sharpened their tools and created a cathartic snapshot to capture the lightning of the historic moment.

swansongs is a dynamic and powerful reflection of love and ambition, hopeful, energetic and at times chaotic but always captivating.

Tour Dates:

Fri 8th March 2024 – France – Paris – Le Pop Up Du Label*
Sat 9th March 2024 – Belgium – Brussels – Botanique, Rotonde*
Mon 11th March 2024 – UK – Cambridge – Portland Arms*
Tue 12th March 2024 – UK – Brighton – Green Door Store*
Wed 13th March 2024 – UK – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds*
Thu 14th March 2024 – UK – Bristol – Beacon Cellars*
Sat 16th March 2024 – UK – Birkenhead – Future Yard*
Sun 17th March 2024 – UK – Glasgow – Hug & Pint*
Mon 18th March 2024 – UK – Manchester – YES*
Tue 19th March 2024 – UK – Leeds – Brudenell*
Wed 20th March 2024 – UK – London – St.Matthias Church*
Thurs 21st March 2024 – Ireland – Dublin – Workman’s Cellar*
Fri 22nd March 2024 – UK – London – Rough Trade West
Thurs 11th April 2024 – US – New York – Rough Trade New York
*supporting Mutual Benefit