Release Date: Oct 12, 2018
Record label: Woodsist
Stirring together an amalgam of familiar feelings and inspirational reference points, California-by-way-of-the-Midwest songwriter Anna St. Louis lands in an open field of melancholic beauty on her debut album, If Only There Was a River. The album follows a roughly drawn demo cassette from 2015 and a promising but brief 2017 release entitled First Songs, and expands greatly on the ideas that were in their germination stages on those releases.
Before her debut album, Anna St. Louis flipped through the phases of folk-rock with methodical determination, trying to plot a path through the wilderness. She arrived, half a decade ago, in Los Angeles as a Midwest émigré and Philadelphia art-school graduate in search of a new setting and, turns out, a new medium. After learning the guitar, she issued two aptly titled collections--2015's DEMOS and last year's First Songs.