RHIANNON GIDDENS ‘They’re Calling Me Home’


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It’s become commonplace, during the last miserable year, to embrace silver linings of any sort—needlepoint, baking, credibly bailing on social obligations. To these pleasures we can now add another: Rhiannon Giddens’s They’re Calling Me Home, one of the most quietly beautiful and evocative records you’re likely to hear this year—and one that “a hundred percent wouldn’t exist without the lockdown,” according to its creator.   Recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, it will be released April 9.  Giddens and Turrisi, who both live in Ireland when they aren’t on tour, have been there since March 2020 due to the pandemic. The two expats found themselves drawn to the music of their native and adoptive countries of America, Italy, and Ireland during lockdown. Exploring the emotions brought up by the moment, Giddens and Turrisi decamped to Hellfire, a small studio on a working farm outside of Dublin, to record these songs over six days. The result is They’re Calling Me Home, a twelve-track album that speaks of the longing for the comfort of home as well as the metaphorical “call home” of death, which has been a tragic reality for so many during the COVID-19 crisis.

The album follows in the wake of the duo’s collaborative debut, 2019’s There Is No Other, which featured Turrisi and Giddens mixing and merging instrumentation, arrangements, and material from North African, European, Middle Eastern, and American musical traditions.