Kristin Hersh, founder of Providence’s seminal alt-rock band Throwing Muses, is back with a new solo record. Recorded in Portsmouth, RI and accompanied by a 64 page book, the double length Wyatt at the Coyote Palace – due out on November 11 from publisher Overlook Omnibus – is a staggering epic of love and brushes with death.
Following the model laid out by Throwing Muses’ Purgatory/Paradise and her last solo album, Crooked, both released as book/album combos, Kristin is exploring what it means to be a storyteller across multiple fronts. The book that accompanies Wyatt… contains prose and artwork alongside the album’s lyrics, offering a simultaneous look into the mind of the artist.
The Wyatt of the book and album’s title is Kristin’s son, and the Coyote Palace is exactly that – an abandoned building overtaken by wild coyotes that her son was obsessed with for a time.
“The coyotes live with discarded mattresses and teapots and old books people left behind when they moved out,” Kristin explains. “Wyatt was fascinated by this process and this place: he filmed it in the snow, in the summer heat and spring mists while I recorded these songs.”
The album, which spans 24 songs, should be warm, familiar territory for fans of Kristin’s work as a solo performer and with Throwing Muses. Marked by her signature guitar sounds and powerful lyrics, Wyatt at the Coyote Palace creates a stunning sonic sense of place. The addition of cellos, piano and horns, all played by Kristin, reinforce the powerful themes at work throughout the record, creating a deeply moving work that all but demands to be taken in in a single sitting. Pour yourself a cup of tea, open the book and let this record wash over you.