Mary Halvorson has returned with a new track “Lemon Trees,” recorded and released with her Code Girl band.
For the seven-minute song, Halvorson coaxed singer Robert Wyatt out of retirement to contribute. “Robert is one of my heroes,” Halvorson told The Wire. “It’s such a big deal to me that he was open to singing on this record, because his music has been an enormous influence on Code Girl, and just about everything else I’ve done. I wrote the three tracks he sings on specifically for him, and I was floored by the grace and brilliance with which he approached this music. It was a dream come true.”
“Lemon Trees” is a preview of Halvorson’s upcoming Code Girl album Artlessly Falling, due out later this month. It reunites the group that played on her 2018 LP Code Girl: vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, Michael Formanek on bass, Tomas Fujiwara on drums and newcomer Maria Grand adding tenor saxophone and vocals. Besides “Lemon Trees,” Wyatt will also appear on the tracks “Walls and Roses” and “Bigger Flames.”
Halvorson has kept busy since the release of Code Girl: She collaborated with Robbie Lee on the joint album Seed Triangular, and received the 2019 MacArthur “Genius” grant. She also released A Tangle of Stars with Jon Dieterich last year.
Artlessly Falling will arrive on October 30. Listen to “Lemon Trees” now: