"Mueller's fabulous songs vibe Calexico - with a beautiful voice she invokes intimacy and elegance."- Village Voice
"There is real promise here. The songs take their sweet old time to unfurl under Mueller's steady vocals." - Time Out NY
Drawing comparisons to Beck's 'Sea Change,' Feist, Mirah, Cat Power, and
Smog, NYC first call player Kristin Mueller has stepped out from behind
the drum kit for her new album 'Deserts & Long Trails,' out
February 25. Recorded in NYC, it features Mueller on drums, guitar
(played "upside down"), bass, keys, and banjo alongside new and
long-time collaborators Karen Waltuch (Viola: Jim O'Rourke, Beth Orton,
Wilco), Brian Kantor (Drums: Nina Pierson, the Yellowbirds), Jay Foote
(Bass: Lone Bellow, Trixie Whitely), Jay Russo (Guitar: Hopewell,
Mercury Rev), and others.
Together with producer Damon Whittemore, Mueller crafted an intricate
and beautifully layered collection of spectral songs that is both
sensuous and nostalgic, sorrowful and loudly playful, resulting in a
diverse, cinematic and meandering journey of dynamic uncovering. The
album hinges on Mueller's exploration of the quiet intimate weight of
time and its ever passing. It is inspired by this inescapable permanence
and by the alternate influences of the many characters and
collaborators Mueller has known.
As a drummer, she has toured nationally and internationally, playing
with such artists as Lucinda Black Bear, Jeffrey Lewis, and Cynthia
Hopkins among many others.
Mueller's song "Finding a Woman" from her first album 'Ports of Call'
was featured in the Sundance award-winning film "What Alice Found."
Mueller will perform March 6 at Jalopy in Brooklyn, NY.