Aoife O'Donovan - Fossils

As the founder and frontwoman for the progressive string band Crooked Still, Aoife O'Donovan (that's EEF-ah) has walked the fine line between traditional acoustic music and modern folk and Americana. Now as a solo artist, the singer, hailed as"a vocalist of unerring instinct" by the NY Times, has blurred the boundaries even further, creating a stunning solo album that spotlights not only her exquisite singing but her gift of writing and crafting a gorgeous song as well. Produced by Tucker Martine (Tift Merritt, The Decemberists), Fossils (June 11, Yep Roc) has an intricate delicacy that nonetheless carries significant artistic weight. Intelligent but not overly ponderous, songs like the softly iridescent "Glowing Heart" and country-tinged "Red and White and Blue and Gold" (stream below) reveal themselves slowly, like a rich, sweet pieces of fruit getting peeled and pared. Watch an in-the-studio version of "Beekeeper" after the jump...

Aoife O'Donovan - "Glowing Heart" (from Fossils)

Aoife O'Donovan - "Red and White and Blue and Gold" (from Fossils)