2018-01-24 05:53:16 UTC
Oakland-based indie-folk group The Minnesota Child has just released "Stay With Me," the latest single off of their forthcoming Fireflies EP.
(Brooklyn, NY) Ethan Buckner (aka The Minnesota Child) picked up the guitar at 16 and started writing songs after he witnessed death for the first time. Inspired by the reflective and soulful songwriting of Sam Beam, Paul Simon, and Justin Vernon, Ethan channeled his own grief and love into his newfound passion for poetry and melody. At first, he saw songwriting as a purely personal exercise, but after being encouraged by close friends, he began performing and eventually recording his songs.
Now, The Minnesota Child is gearing up to release its most expansive work to date in the form of the Fireflies EP
Buckner chose the pseudonym of The Minnesota Child in 2011 while on a cross country roadtrip, because “the songs I write evoke a yearning for home, whether that lies in a place, a person, or a community.” The Minnesota Child released his first EP The Captain in November 2013, after moving to Oakland, CA, where he still lives. The five-track record is a dramatic soundscape of love, hope, and memory.
Fireflies, will be The Minnesota Child’s first full-band EP. Produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, Blondie) and Matt Buckner, the album features an expansive sound. Fireflies is set to be released in early 2018. The record infuses Ethan Buckner’s soulful songwriting with lush harmonies, intricate instrumentals, and powerful rhythms to produce a full symphonic sound to take on the open road or a hike in the woods.
indie, folk, pop
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