M. Ward, whose 10th album ‘Migration Stories’ will be released on 3rd April via Anti Records, has established himself as one of modern American music’s most unique and versatile voice, previously working with Norah Jones, Zooey Deschanel, Mavis Staples and countless more.
The 11 track album features a collection of songs inspired by stories of human migration. Dream-like in narrative, the songs are birthed from newspaper and television reports, friends stories and tales from Ward’s own family history.
Migration Stories is; “11 largely instrumental ballads – a sci-fi fast forward to a more silent night many generations from here to a maybe-era where movement is free again.” explains Ward.
“…the stories wove together and I remember them now closer to characters in a dream of how people could treat each other than any kind of front-page news realism.
I think music subconsciously – whether writing or listening – is a filter for me. Helping to process all the bad news into something new to build from. Some records to me are like self-fulfilling prophecies – visualizing change to wish something into being. Those records inspired this one.“
Check out ‘Migration of Souls’ recorded at The Blues Kitchen.