Joan Shelley – “Wild Indifference”

Back in 2015, the Kentucky folk musician Joan Shelley released a shatteringly lovely album called Over And Even. This spring, she’ll follow it up with a new-self-titled album that she recorded with producer Jeff Tweedy at the Loft, Wilco’s Chicago studio. And while you might think that recording with a big rock star as producer might shatter the quiet intimacy of Shelley’s music, Shelley herself is here to assure you that this is not the case.

Talking to NPR, Shelley says, “This particular collection of songs feels somehow central in relation to what I’ve done so far and what’ll come next. It also didn’t feel necessary to slap a title on it. Everything about this album, from writing to performance to artwork, was an exercise in understatement.” Longtime associates Nathan Salsburg and James Elkington play on the album. And first single “Wild Indifference” is just as haunted and gorgeous as Shelley’s past music; it’s just recorded a little more clearly now. Below, check out the album’s tracklist and listen to “Wild Indifference,” via NPR.

TRACKLIST:
01 “We’d Be Home”
02 “If The Storms Never Came”
03 “Where I’ll Find You”
04 “I Got What I Wanted”
05 “Even Though”
06 “I Didn’t Know”
07 “Go Wild”
08 “The Push And Pull”
09 “Pull Me Up One More Time”
10 “Wild Indifference”
11 “Isn’t That Enough”

Joan Shelley is out 5/5 on No Quarter.