New Song Of The Day: Holly Arrowsmith – Every Kingdom

Holly Arrowsmith is due to release her second album, A Dawn I Remember, at the end of this week.

But available for your ears right now is the album’s first single, Every Kingdom. 

Here’s the record company blurb for the NZ-based singer/songwriter:

“The album was written over a very difficult but experientially rich time of life,” the young New Mexico-born singer-songwriter tells us.

“I was grappling with a loss of identity, as I left a place which is so deeply ‘home’ for me and as I found, more intertwined in so many levels of my being than I knew.

I still feel like I am recovering from the losses that ensued, and slowly finding ways to repurpose those spaces again.”

A self-written volume, A Dawn I Remember would slowly take shape over two years. The vast majority of the songs being written in New Zealand, though one was penned in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado (Slow Train Creek).

“At the same time we were travelling, meeting wonderful people and sharing music on the other side of the world, but always longing for the very human desire for one place – and often a place or time that we can’t return to,” Arrowsmith explains.

“The line ‘A Dawn I Remember’ captured that feeling, I read it in a Rumi poem (13th Century poet) and it made me cry. I had a feeling that the album’s name would jump out from something I’d read.”

The songs that would soon band together to create an album, were then recorded in the small southern New Zealand town of Colac Bay with Steve Roberts and Tom Lynch, and finished off at The Sitting Room with widely acclaimed, award-winning engineer and producer Ben Edwards (Julia JacklinTami NeilsonMarlon WilliamsDelaney Davidson).

Over nine tracks, Arrowsmith addresses homesickness, experiencing loss and painful growth, and finding renewed hope in the dim places. These are experiences documented and compiled over her journey north and back south again, intertwining references to nature and the mountains around Lake Wakatipu that raised her. She cites the dark forests hidden along the sweeping, stretching southern roads, along with characters she met along the way in a gorgeous collection of songs – each with their own engaging, observational tale.

“This is my most honest yet,” she declares.

Click here to watch Holly Arrowsmith’s 13th Floor Video Session from 2016