When Rag’s found Antje Duvekot a couple of weeks ago after looking up the details behind “Reasonland”, one of our favorite songs recorded by Solas (written by Duvekot), it launched us into an interesting odyssey of discovery. The tracks and trails of Duvekot’s poetic tapestry stretch across the breadth of the American heart and heartland, across oceans and continents, some places dark and sad, others intensely sweet and even funny. Whether in the studio or on the stage, she never fails to pull you in to linger awhile.
New Siberia marks another chapter in this soulful songwriter’s walkabout, and it absolutely does not disappoint. The title track, featured in the beautiful HD video presented below, captures a facet of Duvekot’s piercing melancholic poetry that remains her hallmark.
It took us one listen through each of Duvekot’s albums on Spotify to convince us we wanted to add them all to our library, rare treasures each. Her songwriting and riveting artistry deserve a place right there beside Patty Griffin, John Gorka (who she’s set to tour with in the spring of 2012) and Greg Brown. How we missed her all these years is a mystery.