by Thomas Bedward September 26, 2021
The brand new music video and single from Minnesota based folk turned genre-bending Americana-Newgrass duo Maygen & The Birdwatcher. Entitled ‘Dominé’ the song is "about a relationship we’ve probably all had. It’s a relationship that starts off great but quickly gets messy. It’s easy to get stuck in that place and ebb and flow between the good and bad. You should call it quits but you know you just can’t. All you can do is throw your hands up and say ‘Dominé’".
In many respects, Maygen and Noah couldn’t be more different. From upbringing and musical taste to the Minneapolis vs Saint Paul debate, there are few things these two agree on. The shortlist includes sarcasm, the great outdoors, quality beer, and having a good ‘ol time. Maygen & Noah’s 2018 debut album, ‘The People We Don’t Choose,’ drew on their distinctly different musical influences including Brandi Carlile, Florence + The Machine, and Balmorhea to create a collection of songs that explored family, addiction, loss and navigating the people in their lives. With heartbreak and hope intertwined throughout, it was very well received. Its single, ‘Comeback’ currently spins on local radio, including The Current’s Radio Heartland.
The new video was directed by Tim Torabpour and filmed in the Chisago Lakes area, a community located 45 minutes north of the Twin Cities that comprises five towns nestled among several lakes and wooden areas. Critically for the band, it is the area where Neumann grew up. "I think the landscape matches well with our vibe and sound," Neumann says.
The song "Dominé," as Neumann describes it, refers "to a relationship I think most of us experience at some point in life or have seen someone go through."
Through the pandemic, the two acquired some serious string cred by adding to their line-up: Ethan & Jesse Moravec (formerly of Sawtooth Brothers) on upright bass, mandolin, fiddle and vocal harmonies, as well as Nik Pellinen (of Sawed Off String Band) on banjo and lead guitar. The addition of these three has brought the band a wealth of talent, enhancing their rootsy, Americana sound.
Maygen & The Birdwatcher just finished recording their debut album, ‘Moonshine’ at the well known Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, and it’s available to pre-save now.
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