The Innoncence Mission


Perhaps the search for road trip music has led me back to listening to an old The Innocence Mission record (Birds of My Neighborhood) a hippie friend of mine gave me back in the day – which was a Wednesday by the way. When I first heard the band, which was years after they started recording, I was kind of put off by the Joni Mitchell-esque sounds. My friend kept telling me to give the band a chance, and I’m glad I did.

The Innocence Mission is a folk troop from Lancaster PA and the nuts and bolts are formed by the husband-and-wife songwriting team of and Don and Karen Peris. Female folk songs tend to get described the same, and draw comparisons to people like Joni, Sara and Natalie Merchant (fun fact – the Peris crew actually played on the Natalie Merchant record - Ophelia), but despite the fact I’m not into any of the other artists, I really enjoy tIM and think Karen's voice is amazing.

I’m not always in the mood to hear pastoral folk music riddled with faith, but on morning drives through the hills, I think this record will be perfect. Originally released in ’99, this album is a perfect combination of vocals, percussion taps, John Denver cover songs (Follow Me) and 60’s influenced folk that fans of the Mamas and Papas will be all over.

Why is any of this relevant? Well in an effort to stay topical, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the fact badman recording company is releasing a remastered version of this album (long since out of print). And who do you think is the number one fan, citing it as one of his all-time favorite albums? The L. Ron Hubbard of hipsterology, Sufjan Stevens. If it is good enough for the Messiah, it should be good enough for his disciples!

Check it out:
MP3:: Where Does the Time Go?


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