Release Date: May 25, 2018
Record label: Western Vinyl Records
Aisha Burns' plaintive alto soars above percussive bursts and rolling acoustic melodies in opener "We Were Worn. " Sprawling with gentle lamentations, ethereal timbres, and stringed instrumentation, both the song and sophomore album Argonauta expand upon her 2013 debut Life in the Midwater. Her contributions for local troubadour Adam Torres and big sky instrumentalists Balmorhea inform the San Antonio native's expansive Americana as rich guitar strums and longing violin buttress Burns' world-weary and transformative voice, which herein documents the tumultuous loss of her mother coupled with the start of a serious romantic relationship.
Although she'd been playing violin as a member of post-rock group Balmorhea for over ten years by the time her second album, Argonauta, was released, Aisha Burns makes quieter indie folk as an acoustic guitar-based solo artist. Following her debut by five years, Argonauta retains the reflective tone of her prior solo work, while expanding on gently textured arrangements that include synths. A plaintive set, the songs concern grieving the loss of her mother while trying to embrace forward movement, including a new romantic relationship.