Song Premiere: Amy Ray - "Oyster and Pearl"

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Amy Ray’s course vocals are instantly recognizable to any Indigo Girls fan, but with her forthcoming fifth studio album Goodnight Tender the Georgia singer-songwriter continues expanding her solo work. Our first taste of the album, “Oyster and Pearl,” is nothing if not a promising sign of what’s to come.

”’Oyster and Pearl’ is about the hope for a simple life and a simple death,” said Ray. “I want the listener to feel like they are sitting on a river bottom, watching the world and their days go by, just contemplating life in an easy way. I want it to feel wistful but sure, something with some age on it.”

For the recording, Ray enlisted an impressive roster of collaborators including Justin Vernon, Megafaun’s Phil Cook, Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire and Hiss Golden Messenger’s Terry Lonergan. The track was recorded live to tape at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, N.C. and mixed by Trina Shoemaker.

“Nobody else could have made it sound as rich,” said Ray. “After her first mix, I could immediately hear the years she had worked at Kingsway Studio in New Orleans seeping into the mix, with the echo and ache reminiscent of Emmylou Harris’ ‘Wrecking Ball.’”

Listen to “Oyster and Pearl” in the player below, and check out the album’s full track list at the bottom of the page. Goodnight Tender is available on Jan. 28 via Daemon Records.

Goodnight Tender Track List:
1. Hunter’s Paradise
2. Oyster and Pearl
3. The Gig That Matters
4. Time Zone
5. Anyhow
6. Duane Allman
7. More Pills
8. Broken Record
9. Goodnight Tender
10. My Dog
11. Let the Spirit
12. When You Come for Me