The Innocence Mission To Release Hello I Feel The Same on October 17th
The Innocence Mission have announced the upcoming release of their new album Hello I Feel The Same. The record showcases a collection of songs that project the poignant clarity and humble focus that the veteran indie-folk group has become known for, and which led Sufjan Stevens to remark on NPR’s All Songs Considered “…what I always come back to, after the din and drum roll, is the small song that makes careful observations about everyday life. This is what makes the music by The Innocence Mission so moving and profound.” Hello I Feel The Same will be released on October 17th via Korda Records.
The group has also released a music video for the title track, utilizing impressionistic imagery and stop-motion animation to craft a warm introduction to the album. The video is currently streaming on Culture Collide.
Describing the new album’s title and opening track, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Karen Peris explains, “I’m thankful that writing songs can be like joining in a conversation with people. I love listening to someone else talking, but for me, speaking is not easy. There is so much that can’t really be expressed well at all, and yet there is this need we all have to communicate and too give and exchange understanding…”
The Innocence Mission is Karen and Don Peris along with bassist Mike Bitts, who began creating music together while the three were students at the Catholic high school in their hometown of Lancaster PA, where they still live. The group released three albums with A&M Records before rediscovering their creative voice on 1999’s Birds of My Neighborhood (RCA), the first of eight self-produced albums. The group has since performed alongside notable artists including Sufjan Stevens, Natalie Merchant, and Emmylou Harris. Peris can also be heard peforming on cuts from Joni Mitchell’s Night Ride Home as well as Natalie Merchant’s Ophelia.
“Peris’s tenderness, the lilting melodies and unhurried rhythms make the Innocence Mission the cowiest and most welcome of shelters” – The Guardian
“ a lovely meditation on the minutia of life” – Paste
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