Gainesville, Florida-based outlaw Americana artist Edan Archer has announced the upcoming release of her new album Journey Proud, set for release on August 2nd. Archer, who performed at this year’s Stagecoach Music Festival for the first time, has been praised by Rolling Stone Country, American Songwriter, Wide Open Country, and more. Recently, Parade Magazine premiered the video for album track “Six Wing Angel.” Filmed in Florida by director Ed Agudelo using only an iPhone and a drone, the video is a beautiful visualization for the Appalachian murder ballad-style tune. Parade commented that Archer used the iPhone and drone “to amazing effect. With beautifully shot Southern footage and a mournful story, the song and video take Archer’s swampy sensibilities and roll them into a fingerpicked fable.”
“The six-winged angel is, in this song, acting as the angel of death, who comes to visit the main character as his time to die comes upon him,” Archer explains. “It was inspired by a cousin who, after a hard life of drug and alcohol abuse, died alone on my dad’s front lawn one night. In this song, the character is asking for more time, reflecting on his life, and taking comfort in the last friend he has left, his whiskey bottle.”
Journey Proud was recorded at Atomic Sound in Brooklyn, New York and Magnetic Sound in Nashville, Tennessee and co-produced by Archer and Shayni Rae. The album's ten tracks explore ideas of love, loss, rebellion, and hardship--from substance abuse to refusing to conform to someone's idea of what a woman "should" be--including the retelling of a bank robbery committed by a friend in the tongue-in-cheek "You Shoot I Drive." Archer's music showcases rock and country influences combined with Appalachian folk as she gets gritty with dulcimer magic and casts spells with intimate ballads, skillful fingerpicking, alternate tunings, and rich effects. The songs of Journey Proud showcase Archer's compelling vocals and stringed prowess, touching on something primal, those ancient foundations that lie deep with the soul.