"Sharply personal, boldly melodic." - Philadelphia Inquirer
Produced by Ben Folds
Singer, songwriter, classically trained pianist and acclaimed actor Alicia Witt (Justified, House of Lies) has confirmed the release of her first full-length studio album Revisionary History, out May 5th on Compass Records.
Ben Folds teamed up with Alicia to produce Revisionary History, an album of songs that deal in themes of heartbreak, loyalty, and the amazing power that comes with finding one’s own voice and using it. The album was years in the making, with some of nine Alicia Witt originals dating back to the mid-’00s. With plenty of time spent selecting and honing each song in concert, Alicia headed to Folds’ Nashville studio where she recorded the album in two, week-long chunks in the spring and late fall of 2013. The album features Folds on backing vocals as well as on drums, bass, percussion, electric guitar and more. Multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia also lends acoustic guitar, pedal steel, backing vocals, and additional percussion.
“This record is probably the most personal thing that I’ve put out,” says Witt, who released a self-titled EP in 2009 and the full-length Live at Rockwood in 2012. Both releases were made between parts in films and on TV (including a recurring role on this season of Showtime’s House of Lies) in an acting career that began with her debut in the David Lynch sci-fi classic Dune in 1984 when Alicia was seven.
For all the autobiographical touches on Revisionary History, the collection is one of deeply relatable songs. The reflective piano ballad “Friend” opens the album with Alicia sifting through feelings of attraction for someone she knows should be just a pal and not a lover. The aching vocal showcase “Consolation Prize” pairs torchy piano with taut electric guitar accents as Alicia muses over the ways in which we edit our pasts to fit the present.