Daily Distraction: Joan Shelley and Bill Callahan team for 'Amberlit Morning'

The duet will appear on Shelley's forthcoming record 'The Spur,' due in June

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Joan Shelley

In a 2021 interview with Alive, musician Joan Shelley spoke about how the pandemic had given her an opportunity to reconnect with the earth.

“I've always been into farming and gardening. My jobs before [music] were always soil-based jobs,” she said. “I'm very healed by this break because I finally got to have chickens again. And we've got goats for the first time, which I've been wanting for a while. And the garden is bursting with food. It’s rewarding to do things with my hands that were just impossible before.”

Now, with "Amberlit Morning," a new song recorded alongside Bill Callahan, Shelley has turned her eyes skyward, describing the track as "a duet that would feel like a conversation between two constellations."

I wanted to be sung a mythical bedtime story, one that Bill Callahan might write," Shelley continued in the press release. "So I asked him to write and sing it with me."

"I tend to see in myths, in dreams. I may have added a chord change, possibly at her request — the beautiful thing about the song for me is that it’s kind of covered its tracks in the snow so now I can’t remember entirely what I added or changed," Callahan added.

"Amberlit Morning" will appear on Shelley's forthcoming record The Spur, due in June, and you can listen to the song below.