Utne Reader is proud to premiere “The Fish and Sea” from Gondolier, the new album by singer-songwriter Kristin Andreassen.
Known primarily for her work in traditional folk and old-time music circles with the stringband Uncle Earl and other groups, Kristin Andreassen took her time putting together the songs that became Gondolier. The album took shape over a period of years, shaped both by Andreassen’s foundation in folk music and the opportunities that came her way to work with artists in other genres, such as Sufjan Stevens. The end result is a beautiful collection of songs that reflect the varied influences Andreassen has encountered and taken to heart over the course of her career thus far. “Most of these were written on a quiet island in New Hampshire,” she says of the songs on Gondolier. “So the lake itself shows up everywhere—rainstorms, boats, fish—submersive sounds and layers in the lyrics and the music.”