Up To The Sky is the new solo album of songs for voice and cello by cellist/singer/songwriter Jost, captured live in the historic St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea, NYC. It was recorded under the church’s rafters with eight microphones over two days by Adam Gold, and then mixed by Chris D. Butler in Brooklyn.
The album includes originals, some unusual covers including a song by Molly Drake (Nick Drake’s mother) and an array of instrumental and vocal improvisations. Up To The Sky is being released April 6th, 2018 by Second Kiss.
Previous works came to warm and very loving reception and was given some of the highest accolades from critics all across the music spectrum.
Stated as “instantly engaging”, this album is full of beautiful tunes from New York City’s Serena Jost. Produced by Anton Fier, A Bird Will Sing (Prior Release) has a nice big open spacious sound that incorporates sounds from the past as well as the present.
Multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost’s songs are so direct and easy to sing along to that they seem to be perfectly clear, but they’re anything but. They draw you in with their calm allure and then hit you upside the head when you least expect it. Jost makes a strong opening statement with her tracks, “All at once, right on top, winking is such fun,” this is a prime example of the kind of lyrical hide-and-seek that is in her works.
She has collaborated with poet Dan Machlin (Immanent Audio, Ugly Duckling Presse), and numerous dancers, including Douglas Dunn and Kathryn Sanders (Wally Cardona).
She led a 50-cello performance on Governor’s Island with co-composer/cellist Matthew Robinson in July 2015, and has sang, played and recorded with many musicians and composers. Serena has toured both nationally and internationally with her own projects and with other bands. She was an original member of Rasputina, the well-corseted cello group.
Check out a sonic overview of her past work:
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