I feel like there are two sides of me, says the Nashville-based singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso known as Sunny War – One of them is very self-destructive, and the other is trying to work with that other half to keep things balanced.
That’s the central conflict on her fourth album, the eclectic and innovative Anarchist Gospel, which documents a time when it looked like the self-destructive side might win out. Extreme emotions can make that battle all the more perilous, yet from such trials Sunny has crafted a set of songs that draw on a range of ideas and styles, as though she’s marshaling all her forces to get her ideas across: ecstatic gospel, dusty country blues, thoughtful folk, rip-roaring rock and roll, even avant garde studio experiments.
She melds them together into a powerful statement of survival, revealing a probing songwriter who indulges no comforting platitudes and a highly innovative guitarist who deploys spidery riffs throughout every song.
Featuring: David Rawlings, Allison Russell, Jim James, Micah Nelson
Label: New West Records
UPC: 607396653225 (CD) | 607396570218 (LP) | 607396571116 (indie excl. opaque LP)
Catalogue Number: CDNW6532 (CD) | LPNW5702 (LP) | LPNW5711IE (indie excl. opaque LP)
Release Date: 3 February 2023