GW Premiere: Ismay's "the Stones"

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Thursday, December 5, 2019

California based singer-songwriter Ismay has released "The Stones" the second single off of her debut LP, Songs of Sonoma. "The Stones" was inspired after meeting a nylon string guitar player, Rex, chronicling the magic of Sonoma Mountain through one of Rex's most prized possessions, stones. These Klamath River stones were only seen by a few and when shined with a special light, galaxies of stars appeared in the stones. Ismay's upcoming debut LP is set to be released in early 2020 and will delve further into the beauty of the Californian peak.

Five years spent working and living on the family ranch informs Ismay’s debut full-length record, Songs of Sonoma. This album was recorded in a 100-year-old sheep barn at the ranch, seeking to immerse the listener in the world of Sonoma Mountain, and to evoke the sense that we aren’t as separate from nature as we may think. Co-produced by Robert Cheek (Engineer: Band of Horses, Chelsea Wolfe) and Avery Hellman, Songs of Sonoma Mountain features live vulnerable performances that bring out the character of the space. These songs tell stories from the perspective of the mountain, the animals upon it, and Ismay themself to examine gender identity, loss, and a search for belonging. The record interweaves field recordings with intricate songwriting and experimental production. Ismay has also compiled a series of narrative documentary stories about Sonoma Mountain to accompany the record, to be released as a podcast entitled Where the World Begins in early 2020.