After two years without a new album, Ani DiFranco will release the two-disc "Revelling/Reckoning" April 10 on her own Righteous Babe label. DiFranco's 13th full-length project introduces listeners to
After two years without a new album, Ani DiFranco will release the two-disc "Revelling/Reckoning" April 10 on her own Righteous Babe label. DiFranco's 13th full-length project introduces listeners to a somewhat new style. "Revelling," the first disc, combines groovy, bluesy sounds throughout its 13 tracks, while the 16 songs on "Reckoning" are slower, almost quiet.
Initially, the project was just going to be a single disc, but a flood of ideas spawned a whole new program's worth of material. "When the album was just one disc," DiFranco tells Billboard in the March 24 issue, "it was going to be 'Reckoning.' I think of the image of the girl reckoning with herself and the sort of macrocosm of a society reckoning with itself at the end of a century. Then there was the idea of reveling even within that struggle."
"My original intention was that the 'Revelling' record would just be danceable," she continues. "I think of it more now as the record in which I revel in being a musician. There are different incarnations of my writing on it, everything from my basis of guitar and voice to improvised instrumental stuff and spoken-word."
"Revelling/Reckoning" includes musical contributions from saxophonist Maceo Parker, pedal-steel player Lloyd Maines, and trumpeter Jon Hassell. The album's first single, "Heartbreak Even," goes to commercial, triple-A, and college radio April 10. DiFranco kicks off a fresh round of touring March 27 in Keene, N.H.