The album starts on an understated note with "Old Sin," a simple tune containing a subtle bass line, quiet drums and Dana's lilting voice, which acts as a sort of introductory paragraph to the rest of the more heavily-produced songs. "My Beloved" stands out with its sing-along lyrics, Dana's recognizable mandolin picking (which weaves its way throughout the whole album) and the overall feeling of a summer bike ride down a country dirt road. It's on tunes like the blues-inspired, melancholy "Shadows" where Natalie Merchant comparisons shine through, while the almost title track "Night Sky" channels a bit of the early Be Good Tanyas with its old-timey feel and soulful but quirky lyrics ("Roll up the night sky… hang the moon in your bedroom").
And it's not just Dana's songwriting and influences that makes this album a well-traveled experience. Recorded in Montreal, produced by Yukon-based Jordy Walker (Tanya Tagaq) and now released on Nashville's Muddy Roots Records, Roll Up the Night Sky is bound for a long-life on the road. (Muddy Roots)