The Harbinger: Act I – CD – Stephanie Nilles

THE HARBINGER is a 3 album song cycle for radio drama based on Shakespeare’s OTHELLO set in post-Katrina New Orleans.

ACT I: Come In (The Witches); In Medias Res (Iago’s 1st Soliloquy); Animal Farm (The Goading) (feat. James Evans & Aurora Nealand); O My Daughter (Brabantio’s Lament); Dead Man’s Float (Othello’s Song); The Dodger Song (The Cast) (feat. Otto Schrang); Bruised Heart (Desdemona’s Song); Lovin’s For Fools (Roderigo’s Lament); How, Now (Iago’s 2nd Soliloquy); My Home Is The Mouth Of A Shark (Cassio’s Song);
INTERMISSION: The Next Day We Ate Whale (feat. Anne Donaldson & Chris Quattro)


released November 11, 2017

Recorded and Mixed by Goat at House of 1000hz and BJ’s in the Bywater in New Orleans, LA.
“The Next Day We Ate Whale” Recorded and Mixed at the White Room in Thomas, WV.
Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering in LA.

Photography by John Ryan Brubaker from “On Confluence” & “River Abstractions”

Jesse Morrow: Upright Bass & Loop fx
Paul Thibodeaux: Drum Kit, Percussion, Typewriter
Otto Schrang: Percussion on “Come In,” Xylophone on “The Dodger Song”
Aurora Nealand & James Evans: Clarinet on “Animal Farm”
Anne Donaldson: Violin & Loop fx on “The Next Day We Ate Whale”
Chris Quattro: Electric Guitar, Moog, Engineering and Loan of Objects on “The Next Day We Ate Whale”
Andrew “Goat” Gilchrist: Drum Machine, Engineering and Mixing, Sound Collector, Infinite Patience
BJ’s Lounge: Vibe on “Animal Farm”
Vaughan’s: Buzzer
The River: Calliope, Steamboat, Train Whistle
Stephanie Nilles: Songwriting, Vocals, Piano, Prepared Piano, Fender Rhodes, Mbira, Shortwave Radio, Synthesizers, Production and Mixing of “The Next Day We Ate Whale,” Chorus of Melodicas

“Lovin’s For Fools” is based on a song of the same name by Sarah Siskind.
“The Dodger Song” is based on an American traditional folk song of the same name.
“The Next Day We Ate Whale” is based on a poem by Tao Lin, and includes samples of the 1969 “Do It Now” Foundation speed public service announcements, as well as an arrangement by Nilles and Donaldson of Krzysztok Penderecki’s “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima.”