Birds of Chicago's Allison Russell Announces Debut Solo Album 'Outside Child'

Listen to her new song "Nightflyer"
Birds of Chicago's Allison Russell Announces Debut Solo Album 'Outside Child'
Our Native Daughters and Birds of Chicago co-founder, Montreal-born Allison Russell will release her debut solo album Outside Child on May 21 via Fantasy Records.

Produced by Dan Knobler, the record is about "resilience, survival, transcendence, the redemptive power of art, community, connection, and chosen family," according to Russell. The album also features contributions by Erin Rae, Jamie Dick, Joe Pisapia, the McCrary Sisters, Ruth Moody, Yola, and her partner JT Nero.

Today she shares her first single from the release, alongside a new music video directed by Silvia Grav. The song, titled "Nightflyer," was partially inspired by Russell's journey through motherhood.

"When I was sixteen I read The Thunder: Perfect Mind for the first time — it's an exhortatory poem discovered among the Gnostic manuscripts in the Nag Hammadi library in the '40s. It has never left me," Russell explained of the track.

She continued: "I've been meditating on the nature of resilience, endurance, and grace more deeply since becoming a mother. I was trying to bridge the divide and embrace shame and my inner divinity equally with this piece."

Watch Russell's new video for "Nightflyer" below, where you can also find the record's tracklisting.

Outside Child:

1. Montreal
2. Nightflyer
3. Persephone
4. 4th Day Runner
5. The Runner
6. Hy-Brasil
7. The Hunters
8. All of the Women
9. Poison Arrow
10. Little Rebirth
11. Joyful Motherfuckers

Pre-order Outside Child.