I recently discovered this orchestral folk collective’s 2009 full-length album, Hunter Moon, lurking in one of the many piles of “things to listen to eventually”, and I am sad that it’s taken me so long to find them. Â They swung through Chicago a few weeks ago, although I was probably sick, or busy, or sick and busy, and would have missed the show anyway. Â Spirits of the Red City were in Austin for SXSW, and the lovely folks over at Mezzic called their set “possibly the most gorgeous secret SXSW show“. Â I can only imagine. Â Here’s one of my favorite songs off of Hunter Moon, the closing track “As Animal”. Â It’s one that could very easily bring tears to my eyes.
you were more than a room, you were more than a place
you were more than a word that I cannot erase
though I might have been mad across my mind and my face
well let my heart and my body be as animal