Odetta Hartman signs to Transgressive Records & announces ‘Swansongs’


Today New York singer-songwriter Odetta Hartman announces she has signed with Transgressive Records and will release her brand new album Swansongs. The long-awaited second album will be released Friday 22nd March, 2024.

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 – another fever dream of a record including the experimental pop of “Goldilocks”, the dramatic string lead “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.

Today Odetta also shares the first single “Dr. No” which is accompanied by a video directed by Bao Ngo. On the new track Odetta says, “As the first song written for the new album, Dr. No helped to distill recurring themes of shadow play, evil twins, and monstrous myths for further exploration throughout the record. A basement blues inspired by “St James Infirmary” second lines; a doomsday dirge delivered from Victorian gothic tropes; a raucous requiem for lovers lost and former selves. Birthed in a boiler room with touring partner, Freedom, we developed a sonic world to spook imaginations and rattle speakers across the world.”

1. Rise Above
2. Goldilocks
3. Good Socks (Happy)
4. Winter Constellations
5. Wacky
6. Mudlark
7. Mother - Child
8. Chaos - Magic
9. Dr. No
10. Shea
11. Pictured Rocks
12. Ode 222 You