Two years after the release of her acclaimed debut album, Bandita, Lydia Ramsey has announced her second full length LP, Flames for the Heart to be released this September.
Recorded in Seattle at the Hall of Justice in collaboration with producer Andy D. Park (Death Cab For Cutie, Phoebe Bridgers, Pedro The Lion), Flames for the Heart represents an exciting evolution in Ramsey’s sound. With a driving rock feel, gorgeous string arrangements, and new songs written for piano and banjo, the album reflects a fresh compositional perspective and a broadening of the traditional folk elements found in Ramsey’s debut album. Songs like Dreamer, Heatwave, and Take My Only Heart blend warm and rich vocal melodies with pedal steel, cello, viola, and violin, showcasing Ramsey’s deft touch as an arranger, while Eyes For You hits hard instantly, propelled forward by a larger more rock oriented rhythm section. Through it all there is a sense of urgency, a fierce and hopeful lyrical sentiment reminding us of the light and darkness in all of us and, with a fiery joy and sorrow, urging us to appreciate all that we have in our lives while we can.
Ramsey will be accompanied by her full band for the Album Release show, including musicians Soren Godbersen – electric guitar, Jay Kardong – pedal steel guitar, Aaron Harmonson – bass guitar, Jesse Harmonson – drums.