Ani DiFranco will release a new album, “Allergic to Water,” on Oct. 14 via her own Righteous Babe Records.
The album was tracked principally by DiFranco herself, at her New Orleans home, much of it while her family slept.
Recording began when DiFranco was six months pregnant with her second child, and was recorded when that child was 6 months old. Because of the unusual recording environment employed for much of the album’s tracking, the record is said to boast a slightly hushed, intimate and low-fi vibe.
“Hello world. Ani here,” DiFranco said in a statement on her website. “Got a new wreckord (sic) and I don’t hate it.
“Mostly I worked alone in headphones, in the wee hours, while my family slept. It was empowering but terrifying to have the buck stop with me again in terms of the mixes. The recordings are documents of my current touring band (recorded by Mike in our old Victorian house in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans and also by Andy Taub at a nearby church in the Treme) just laying down the songs.
“Many also feature a couple of very choice special guests. My killer band these days consists of bassist and composer Todd Sickafoose, who not only brings an always wonderful and unexpected counterpoint to my guitar with his bass playing, but is also my secret weapon in terms of production- overdubbing atmospherics and embellishments that add depth and color to the stories I tell.
“My drummer is Terence Higgins, a New Orleans native, who brings that deeply funky pocket that makes me smile so wide, yet all-the-while listening through to the whole picture and really making music with his instrument, not just rhythms. Though most of Terence’s musical incarnations have him playing drum kit, this record really features his hand-percussion prowess- like the congas on “see see see see”, the Mardi Gras Indian style tambourine on “genie” – he nailed it every time.”
You can hear the first song from the album, “Woe Be Gone,” below.