Multi-talented singer-songwriter Pieta Brown has spent plenty of time on the road. Naturally, this can make things difficult for staying connected with friends and loved ones. When it came to staying in touch, Brown took a unorthodox but creative approach, sending out what she terms “musical postcards.” These were stripped-down, acoustic shells of new songs that she had written while traveling. She wasn’t just sending these to random people, but rather accomplished musicians and bands like Mark Knopfler, Calexico, Mason Jennings, David Lindley, Mike Lewis (Bon Iver), and Carrie Rodriguez among others. But that wasn’t all. Brown also included simple instructions that she knew her talented musician friends would be hip to: complete the song and write back. What she created is a striking collection of portraits – sometimes sweet and tender, sometimes eerie and haunting – of characters facing loneliness, longing, and loss with a stoic sense of dignity. Not only that, but these “musical postcards” formed the foundation for the latest album, the aptly titled Postcards, which was released in March. Each song on the album is a result of those collaborations she requested, and what we get is a diverse collection of indie folk that captures a truly impressive talent in Brown as the principal artist.
Today Glide Magazine is premiering the new music video for one of the tracks on Postcards. The song “Rosine” is a hypnotic and haunting number that presents the gorgeous, bluesy vocals of Brown. The song also features Mike Lewis, the hugely talented saxophonist and bassist best known for his work with Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, and The Tallest Man on Earth.
Reflecting on the song and the video, Pieta Brown has this to say:
“I’ve done a lot of experimentation with Super 8 cameras and polaroids over the years, and before I started taking my songs out and making albums I had experimented with ‘performance art’ using narratives and pieces of poems I had written. In the video I was exploring the themes of traveling, color, and layers. I was playing with some of those traditional feminist ideas like ‘gaze’…I decided not to wear makeup and started filming in what I was wearing that day – a sliders t-shirt and jeans. Then I put on a bunch of dresses that I rarely wear and experimented with adding/shedding these layers. Somehow in the moment this felt right, kind of brave and tough at the same time, but also a little romantic.”
Pieta Brown’s Postcards is out now. For more music and info visit pietabrown.com.