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The Wild

by The Ericksons

This collection of songs, recorded at April Base Studios in Wisconsin and produced by Beau Sorenson (Field Report) is both heart-wrenching and uplifting, rooted in folk, tinged with country and blues, and woven together with impeccable haunting harmonies.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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2. Little Bird
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3. Where Do You Dwell
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4. Find Yourself a Lover
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5. Runaway
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6. Six Feet Underground
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7. Dirty Dishes
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8. Turtle Dove
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9. Blues Time Singer
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10. The Wild
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11. Tail Lights
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In February of 2006, Lee Erickson was dying. Erickson was an
artist living in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, married to Bethany, a biolo-
gist with a love of music. Bethany’s sister Jenny, also a musician,
came to join them, in the darkest hour. Erickson, an expansive
artistic force, looked to the future even as his own end came.
“Jenny,” he told her, “you gotta do your music.”

Lee Erickson died later that spring and Bethany’s accumulated
songs became a lifeline. After a trip to India, she and Jenny
moved to Brooklyn to begin playing out. They played as The
Ericksons, but skirted the true meaning of the name. “It worked
in Brooklyn,” Jenny laughs, “because there aren’t many Scan-
dinavians.” Their floating folk and blues harmonies won fans and in 2008,
The Ericksons released their first record, Middle of the Night, a
raw, acoustic set of songs. Home called to the sisters, though,
and they returned to the Midwest and in 2010, released Don’t
Be Scared, Don’t Be Alarmed, a record more fully fleshed out
by producer Beau Sorenson (who produced Field Report’s de-
but). Their first records, with their picked guitars and strings, their
animal, natural harmonies hinted at a greater loss.

That great loss, and the move to acceptance and love is key to
the lush new release from The Ericksons, The Wild. For The Wild,
the connections strengthened through music led to just the
right situations. The Ericksons returned to Sorensen to produce,
who led to the pedal steel of Ben Lester, whose warm, haunting
instrumentation couples perfectly with the intertwining voices
of the sisters. Recording at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios in
Fall Creek, Wisconsin meant that they were home, close to the
love and grief first sparked this journey.
The result is the fullest, richest record yet from The Ericksons, an
honest reckoning, rooted in American sounds. Wearing influ-
ences like A.A. Bondy, Emmylou Harris and The Pines on their
sleeves, The Wild completely envelops the listener in the life
that Bethany and Jenny have made in song. From the torch
song with a gasping punch of “Find Yourself a Lover” to the
open, beating heart of “Six Feet Underground” and the every-
day blues of “Dirty Dishes,” there is a universal beauty here that
transcends lived pain.

“We couldn’t keep going without real people,” Bethany con-
fides, “that’s what sustains us.” The music that The Ericksons
makes keeps light alive through this mysterious, tricky life. It’s
the music that you gotta do.


“Sisters Bethany Valentini and Jenny
Kochsiek cultivate a sound that is sparse
and dark, a little Appalachian and a little
bluegrass. Their lyrics are in the tradition
of a storyteller, humble but with heart
and soul, and the sisters share an impec-
cable intuition for melody.”
-City Pages


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