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Anna St. Louis' Lonesome Howl Seeks Uncertainty In 'Understand'

The Kansas City-raised, L.A.-based songwriter leans into the pastoral alchemy of her songs on If Only There Was a River, out Oct. 12.
Anna St. Louis' If Only There Was a River comes out Oct. 12. Source: Chantal Anderson

' were just that — someone reaching into her favorite sounds to find her own. There was promise in those early experiments, as the -inspired fingerstyle guitarist tried her hand at '60s-style folk songs with a little bit of drone underneath. But like or — idiosyncratic solo guitarists who've found success in full-band, vocal-driven records — St. Louis has discovered her own path through lyrical songwriting.

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