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Artist
Ross Gay
ReleaseProduct
Dilate Your Heart
Label
Jagjaguwar
Catalogue Number
JAG401digital
Release Date
March 26, 2021

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Press Release

Over the last 12 years, Ross Gay’s poems have offered indelible images and phrases of radical empathy and unabated gratitude; about community, collaboration, connectedness and hard work. And so Jagjaguwar are launching their 25th Anniversary celebration with ‘Dilate Your Heart’, their first spoken word album since titan Robert Creeley’s self-titled release twenty years ago. ‘Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude’ is given a gorgeous, slowly creeping bed of vines by Bon Iver, as Gay’s unadorned voices speaks a lifetimes of ‘Thank You’s. On ‘Burial’, harpist and composer Mary Lattimore’s lunar landscape follows Gay’s voice into space, telling of our endless energy exchange with nature. Chicago’s Angel Bat Dawid dances with the frenetic, joyous scene Gay leads us through on ‘To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian’, in which a group of Philadelphia strangers scramble together to harvest the fruit of the titular urban fig tree. Songwriter Gia Margaret provides a mystical, amniotic environment for Gay’s ‘Poem To My Child If Ever You Shall Be’, a love letter to an imagined future child, treating Gay’s voice like a message in a bottle to a far off idea made only of love and potential. Sam Gendel, a secret weapon collaborator, affects Gay’s voice on ‘Sorrow Is Not My Name’ to something glassy and almost singsongy. Throughout, Gay recites his poems with bright aliveness, his voice as warm and easy when he speaks about death as when he speaks about mercy, or love.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude 14:40 Buy

    Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

  2. 2 Burial 4:49 Buy
  3. 3 To The Fig Tree on 9th and Christian 3:26 Buy

    To The Fig Tree on 9th and Christian

  4. 4 Poem to My Child, If Ever You Shall Be 3:25 Buy

    Poem to My Child, If Ever You Shall Be

  5. 5 Sorrow Is Not My Name 3:04 Buy

    Sorrow Is Not My Name

Track List

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (with Bon Iver)
Burial (with Mary Lattimore)
To The Fig Tree on 9th & Christian (with Angel Bat Dawid)
Poem To My Child, If You Ever Shall Be (with Gia Margaret)
Sorrow Is Not My Name (with Sam Gendel)

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