Coming off of a performance on the KFC float in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day and their third studio album, Coming Down the Mountain, folk/americana quartet Mipso brings a distinctly unique sound – full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes.
Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso – Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals) – released their fourth studio album, Edges Run, in April 2018 via a newly inked record deal with AntiFragile Music. Influenced by the contradiction of its progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes, Mipso has been hailed as “hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern and secular” (Acoustic Guitar) and was recently recognized by Rolling Stone as an “Artist You Need to Know.” Venturing ever-further from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition, Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with lyrics that sear and salve in turn.
From the upbeat string rhythms found in “Edges Run” to the smooth sounds of “Servant to It,” Edges Run highlights the group’s return to the top of the bluegrass charts. The single “People Change” has received nearly thirty million streams on Spotify to date. “The thing about people is they change When they walk away.”
The group said "People Change" was one of the first songs they tracked for the Edges Run session. It's about feeling a relationship fade, but when recorded, the focus was on the relationships forged with the studio team. In a lot of ways figuring out the sounds and arrangement of this tune shed light on the territory they were about to cover together.
Mipso will be at Woodward Theater on Friday February 22 with Cincinnati’s very own Young Heirlooms. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 a piece, but you can enter for your chance to win tickets here.