Anaïs Mitchell has announced her first proper solo album in a decade (2014's Xoa was an album of re-recorded older material), which is self-titled and due January 28 via BMG (pre-order). It was produced by her Bonny Light Horseman bandmate Josh Kaufman, and Josh is one of the album's core musicians, alongside Bonny Light Horseman contributors Michael Lewis, JT Bates, and Aaron Dessner (of The National), as well as Thomas Bartlett (Doveman). Nico Muhly handled the string and flute arrangements.
The first single is "Bright Star," a lovely indie folk song that captures some of the same charm as that Bonny Light Horseman album. Here's what Anaïs says about it: "During the first pandemic summer I was staying on the family farm where I grew up, in a little house that belonged to my grandparents when they were alive. I could see the stars for the first time in a long time. I wasn't traveling anywhere, or even doing much of anything, for the first time in a long time. ‘Bright Star’ is about looking back on years of restless pursuit and making peace with the source of that longing: the Muse, the Great Unknown, the One That Got Away — those things that motivate us that we never can touch." Listen and watch the Jay Sansone-directed video below.