I feel like every stoner-doom band’s frontperson has a dusty, folky Americana album somewhere in them, waiting to come out. YOB’s Mike Scheidt dropped his a couple years ago; Wino Weinrich of Saint Vitus has released two since 2010; hell, Neurosis’ house label, Neurot, has curated two Townes Van Zandt tribute albums since 2012. So I’m not surprised that Windhand’s Dorthia Cottrell is gonna make the same leap next year. But I’m still blown away by the thing. Even backed by the mountain-size Windhand, Cottrell’s voice is a thing of astonishing power, but when accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, it communicates deep sadness, wisdom, and wonder, too. You can hear shades of everyone from Lucinda Williams to Tracy Thorn to Chan Marshall in here, and like those singers, Cottrell knows how to wring the biggest moments from the smallest details, making every breath count. And they add up to something that feels, to me, like a revelation. Cottrell’s self-titled record is out in March, but today, we’ve got the first single, “Gold.” Listen.
Dorthia Cottrell is out 3/3 via Forcefield.