Kentucky singer-songwriter Joan Shelley, working with the gifted guitarist Nathan Salsburg, made my favorite album of 2015: Over And Even, a collection of dreamy, gorgeous folk songs that exude comfort and calm. There's not a misstep on that wonderful record, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Shelley and Salsburg's next project — a 7" single with two previously unreleased songs, "Cost Of The Cold" and "Here And Whole" — continues in the same soothing vein.
The A-side, "Cost Of The Cold," could have fit cleanly on Over And Even, but it stands on its own, too — thanks, in part, to the beautiful video on this page. In it, artist Douglas Miller turns a series of lovely sketches into evocative moving imagery that pairs up beautifully with the pair's music. "It is a hand-drawn animation that was made with hundreds of individual drawings, shot frame-by-frame over several months," Miller writes via email.
In a separate email, Shelley adds: "This song was inspired by a particular waterfall, dog, and recent season in Kentucky. Nathan Salsburg and I worked out an arrangement for it in my backyard. We met up with James Elkington in Chicago, where we recorded it in April."
Joan Shelley's new 7" single, "Cost Of The Cold" b/w "Here And Whole," comes out Sept. 2 via No Quarter.