Allison Russell is back with The Returner, a soulful triumph of joy and liberation, with special guests Brandi Carlile, Wendy & Lisa, Brandy Clark, and Hozier.
Four-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Allison Russell unveils her latest release, The Returner. Co-produced by Russell alongside Dim Star (JT Nero and Drew Lindsay), the album is a testament to Russell’s unshakable musical ability. For it, she enlisted the powerful talents of her Rainbow Coalition band, an assembly of remarkable female musicians, along with guest appearances from Wendy & Lisa, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, and Hozier. Following her acclaimed debut Outside Child, The Returner emerges as a resounding declaration of liberation, love, and self-respect.
Describing her vision for The Returner, Allison said, "My goal with the album is a radical reclamation of the present tense, a real-time union of body, mind, and soul. This record is a deeper exploration of rhythm, groove, and syncopation, celebrating sensual and sexual agency while also serving as a call to action for political activism. It's funkier, embodying both celebration and the battle cry - a multifaceted energy merging joy and urgency in the cultural, political, and environmental landscapes."
The Returner serves as the next chapter in Russell’s ever-evolving story, it’s a body-shaking, soul-stirring testament to liberation and self-respect. Co-created by Russell and co-producers, Nero and Lindsay, the album embodies a rhythm-first, genre-fluid approach that springs from the improvisational energy of incredible female artists. The Returner's beating heart is its all-female musical collective known as the Rainbow Coalition. Comprising an array of talents, including Chauntee Ross, Elenna Canlas, Elizabeth Pupo-Walker, Ganessa James, Joy Clark, Kerenza Peacock, Larissa Maestro, Lisa Coleman, Mandy Fer, Megan Coleman, Meg McCormick, Monique Ross, Wendy Melvoin, and Wiktoria Bialic, this ensemble ignites the album with their boundless creativity.
Special guests Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, and Hozier join the Rainbow Coalition Choir on the poignant track "Requiem." Departing from the acoustic foundation of Outside Child, The Returner is a bottom-up creation, a fusion of rhythm and genre that amplifies Allison's boundless talent.
In essence, The Returner doesn't just fulfill the monumental promise of the past two years, it exceeds expectations, confirming Allison Russell as a beacon among music's most vital artists. It stands tall as one of 2023's essential recordings, a profound celebration of joy, liberation, and the enduring spirit of Black artistry.