Sunday, November 5, 2023

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Semisonic Releases First Album in 22 Years 

Grammy-nominated trio Semisonic released Little Bit Of Sun, their first full length album release in 22 years. Recorded in the band’s native Minneapolis and including appearances from Jason Isbell and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, the album offers a deeply moving reflection on growth, gratitude, and commitment in the face of change and uncertainty. The collection also includes co-writes with Grammy-winning songwriters Lori McKenna and Amy Allen.

Little Bit of Sun has been embraced by BrooklynVeganNMENPR MusicPaste MagazineRolling StoneThe Minneapolis Star TribuneStereogum and many more. Glide Magazine proclaimed, “Little Bit of Sun is everything longtime followers have loved about the band, smart, relatable lyrics with big choruses, sharp hooks, and sunny melodies, blending together influences like Big Star, The Beatles,” while Under The Radar called it “a testament to the strength of songwriting and honesty of performance, those factors Wilson and Semisonic always had in spades. Little Bit of Sun is the next enticing chapter.”

Yesterday, The Guardian published an extensive interview with frontman Dan Wilson where he discussed the band’s hiatus, writing hit songs with artists like Carole King and Adele, and much more.

The 12 song collection marks the band’s first full length album since 2001’s All About Chemistry and follows their critically-acclaimed 2020 EP You’re Not Alone. The songs walk a tightrope between raw energy and tender beauty, balancing power pop muscle with acoustic intimacy. Bassist John Munson and drummer Jacob Slichter’s performances are finely tuned to match, infusing Wilson’s bright, buoyant melodies with touches of melancholy and darkness that perpetually haunt the periphery.

In addition to his work with Semisonic, Dan Wilson has remained an in-demand songwriter and producer, working on a uniquely diverse range of releases. His most recent work includes co-writing Jon Batiste’s “Butterfly,” co-writing and producing Claud’s new single “A Good Thing,” co-writing Chris Stapleton’s “White Horse,” and co-writing and producing Celine Dion’s “Love Again” from the film and soundtrack. Wilson also teamed up with Mitski for her first released co-write “The Only Heartbreaker” which hit #1 on Billboard’s AAA radio chart, worked with Taylor Swift on re-producing his co-writes on Red (Taylor’s Version), and collaborated with Leon Bridges, Tom Morello, Joy Oladokun, Cuco and many more.

                                                      Photo/ Credit: Darin Kamnetz

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