Forgotten Portraits is the new emotive and compelling album from NadNavillus. Comprised of nine tracks delivering a pastiche of rock and prog, with blues, jazz and experimental elements, the songs are composed around poems by incarcerated people or those directly affected by incarceration. Forgotten Portraits also includes a guest appearance from Glen Hansard on ‘Poesy’. The album will be available on streaming platforms on the 9th of June, with the launch of physical albums and the release show at the Montrose Saloon (Chicago, IL) taking place on the 14th of June.
“I am very grateful to the poets for allowing me the use of their work for this collection of songs. The music reflects the complexity of the subject matter and is alternately tender and raucous, melodic and abrasive, brooding and playful, simplistic and intricate. It is worth noting that none of the songs celebrate the actions or consequences of the stories told.” – NadNavillus
Pre-order here: https://nadnavillus.bandcamp.com/album/forgotten-portraits
NadNavillus is a project by Chicago-based musician Dan Sullivan and Forgotten Portraits is the first release by NadNavillus since the full-length Iron Night released in 2002 on Jagjaguwar. Sullivan started composing the music for Forgotten Portraits in December 2020 and quickly found its purpose when he picked up the poetry collection “The Practice of Freedom”. Sullivan has performed with Jason Molina and Songs: Ohia, and he is a current member of the heavy prog band Arriver.
Poems were sourced from “The Practice of Freedom”, Poetry, February 2021, Volume 217, Number 5. Guest Editors: Joshua Bennett, Tara Betts, Sarah Ross. All poems used with permission by the authors.
50% of all proceeds will be donated to the Bard Prison Initiative. From their website: “BPI enrolls over 400 students in academically rigorous college programs, maintains a robust alumni network, and supports a growing field of college-in-prison programs across the country and the globe.”
Sullivan provides lead vocals and guitars.
Glen Hansard (Vocal harmonies by on ‘Poesy’)
Keith Hanlon (drums, electronics)
Rob Bochnik (guitar, baritone guitar)
Andy Hall (drums)
Chad Kouri (tenor saxophone, percussion)
Forgotten Portraits was composed by Dan Sullivan.
Home recordings by Sullivan in collaboration with co-producer Keith Hanlon.
Live band recordings captured by Brok Mendes at Friends of Friends Recording, Chicago IL.
All songs mixed and mastered by Brok Mendes.
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