AM Higgins Shares Debut Album ‘Hymning’

Today, AM Higgins (the solo project of musician Annie Toth) shares her first album, Hymning, via Victorialand Records — the record was mixed by Casey Foubert, Sufjan Stevens’ long-term collaborator.

Hymning, Toth’s debut album under the moniker AM Higgins, captures her first years of moving from an American city to rural France; the first mystical years of leaving everything you know to find something new; the first years of slowing down your life to give way to the sounds that surround you. Accompanied by Jason Toth (The Handsome Family, Daniel Knox) on drums, Joshua Dumas (Mending) on electronics, and mixing and additional instruments by Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens, the Shins, Gabriel Kahane, Damien Jurado).

The album began as an attempt to write modern-day hymns. But the resulting 8 songs are better understood as vocalizations of meditative moments of reflection, ushering the listener into an inexplicable feeling of coming home. Living in a rural landscape changed the rhythm of her life in very unexpected ways. The surrounding forests and hills began beckoning her to listen … the mystery of the seasons (“Ode”), the divine provision for creation (“Anchors”), and the sadness even while surrounded by so much beauty (“All The Stars Are Out”). Her lyrics draw inspiration from mystical poets like Thomas Merton and Mary Oliver who explore the rich mysteries of the inner landscape.

Hymning is due out on vinyl on November 19, the same day that AM Higgins will perform at Les Dérives Sonores in Montauban, France.


11/19 – Les Dérives Sonores – MONTAUBAN, FR (*Record Release Show*)
11/21 – Musée Denys Puech – RODEZ, FR