Discography

xoa

(Wilderland Records, 2014)

xoa
  1. Any Way the Wind Blows
  2. Out of Pawn
  3. Your Fonder Heart
  4. Why We Build the Wall
  5. Now You Know
  6. If It’s True
  7. Namesake
  8. Young Man in America
  9. Two Kids
  10. The Pursewarden Affair
  11. His Kiss the Riot
  12. Come September
  13. You Are Forgiven
  14. Our Lady of the Underground
  15. Cosmic American

A solo recording made with Gary Paczosa in Nashville. It includes several re-recorded songs that are up to ten years old; some from Hadestown (recorded in Anais’ own voice for the first time); and a few new songs that have never been recorded before. AM says “if the title were longer, it would be dear audience, thank you for everything

CHILD BALLADS (with Jefferson Hamer)

(Wilderland Records, 2013)

Child Ballads
  1. Willie of Winsbury (Child 100)
  2. Willie’s Lady (Child 6)
  3. Sir Patrick Spens (Child 58)
  4. Riddles Wisely Expounded (Child 1)
  5. Clyde Waters (Child 216)
  6. Geordie (Child 209>
  7. Tam Lin (Child 39)

On this album, Anaïs teams up with collaborator Jefferson Hamer to co-arrange old English and Scottish folk ballads from the Francis James Child collection. The recording, which was produced in Nashville by Gary Paczosa, is an intimate one, featuring a lot of close harmony and two-acoustic-guitar arrangements. AM says: “We never once put on headphones in the studio”

YOUNG MAN IN AMERICA

(Wilderland Records, 2012)

Young Man in America
  1. Wilderland
  2. Young Man in America
  3. Coming Down
  4. Dyin Day
  5. Venus
  6. He Did
  7. Annmarie
  8. Tailor
  9. Shepherd
  10. You are Forgiven
  11. Ships

Our first independent release, produced by Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal in NY and CA! Ornate and percussive, this album features a tribe of innovative musicians, new friends and old.
AM says: “Inspired by American manhood, British ballads and my father.”

HADESTOWN

(Righteous Babe Records, 2010)

Hadestown
  1. Wedding Song
  2. Epic I
  3. Way Down Hadestown
  4. Songbird Intro
  5. Hey, Little Songbird
  6. Gone, I’m Gone
  7. When the Chips are Down
  8. Wait for Me
  9. Why We Build the Wall
  10. Our Lady of the Underground
  11. Flowers
  12. Nothing Changes
  13. If It’s True
  14. Papers
  15. How Long?
  16. Epic II
  17. Lover’s Desire
  18. His Kiss, the Riot
  19. Doubt Comes In
  20. I Raise my Cup to Him

The recorded version of Anaïs’s folk opera based on the Orpheus myth and set in a post-apocalyptic Depression Era. The album features guest singers Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ani Difranco, Greg Brown, Ben Knox Miller (Low Anthem) and the Haden triplets. Arranged and orchestrated by Michael Chorney and produced by Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal in Brooklyn, NY. The opera was originally developed as a theater show in the state of VT in collaboration with MC and Ben t. Matchstick (director).

COUNTRY EP w/ Rachel Ries

(Righteous Babe Records, 2008)

Country EP w/ Rachel Ries
  1. O My Star
  2. MGD
  3. Come September
  4. Grace the Day
  5. When you Fall

This is a split EP Anaïs made with her good friend and fellow songwriter Rachel Ries. The idea was A., to make vinyl (it comes as a 7″ along w/ a CD), B., to sing beautiful girl-harmonies and C., to record their mutual friend Louis Ledford’s devastating song ‘When You Fall’. They recorded the basic tracks in one session at Hi-N-Dry in Boston, MA with the rhythm section of the Session Americana band.

THE BRIGHTNESS

(Righteous Babe Records, 2007)

The Brightness
  1. Your Fonder Heart
  2. Of a Friday Night
  3. Namesake
  4. Shenandoah
  5. Changer
  6. Song of the Magi
  7. Hobo’s Lullaby
  8. Santa Fe Dream
  9. Old Fashioned Hat
  10. Hades and Persephone
  11. Out of Pawn

The first album Anaïs made for Righteous Babe Records, produced by Michael Chorney at the Grain Bin in VT. During this era she lived in the apartment upstairs from the studio. AM says: “Inspired by a heartbreak.”

HYMNS FOR THE EXILED

(Waterbug Records, 2004)

Hymns for the Exiled
  1. Before the Eyes of Storytelling Girls
  2. 1984
  3. Cosmic American
  4. The Belly and the Beast
  5. Orion
  6. Mockingbird
  7. I Wear Your Dress
  8. A Hymn for the Exiled
  9. Quecreek Flood
  10. Two Kids
  11. One Good Thing

Her first collaboration with producer Michael Chorney, recorded in a two-week span at ‘the Grain Bin’, a converted grain mill in Bristol, VT. AM says: “Inspired by the terrifying first term of George W. Bush.”