In the autumn of last year, David Huckfelt left behind the familiar—the comfort of his home in Minneapolis; the camaraderie of his critically acclaimed band, The Pines; the luxuries of heat, hot water, and electricity—and relocated to Isle Royale, America’s most remote and least visited national park in mighty Lake Superior. Six hours by boat off the Michigan coast, Isle Royale is the largest island in the world’s largest freshwater lake, an isolated stretch of wilderness seemingly forgotten by the 20th century. There, as an Artist In Residence selected by the National Park Service, Huckfelt spent ten hours a day for two straight weeks writing in solitude, channeling the mysterious and lonesome island’s spirits into his stunning debut solo album, ‘Stranger Angels.’ due our Feb 22nd, 2019. “Stranger Angels” is a twelve-song stream of consciousness opus from a songwriter whose vision and depth provide a stirring soundtrack to the “thin places” where the world seen and unseen collide. Written in fourteen-day flurry, “Stranger Angels” marks the arrival of a fully-formed confluence of poetry, activism, conservation, and and a darkly poetic plea to protect all thing vulnerable in these troubled times.
Recorded with a stellar and fiery arsenal of musical friends on a 100 year old farm in Wisconsin, the record features guest appearances by Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso, Dave Simonette of Trampled By Turtles, J.T. Bates (co-producer, Hiss Golden Messenger, Bon Iver, Big Red Machine), Darin Gray ( Jeff Tweedy, William Tyler), Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird), Erik Koskinen, Michael Rossetto (Pieta Brown, The Pines). Andrew Broder (Fog, Cloak Ox) deftly adorns the tracks with an array of public domain samples throughout, and Phil Cook’s (Hiss Golden Messenger) organ brings a gospel illumination.