Anais Mitchell is an indie folk artist from Vermont who transcends the typical twee, lovesick stereotypes that often accompany female singer/songwriters. Though her music falls in line with the gentle guitar picking and emotive, fragile vocal styling of modern indie folk, Mitchell approaches her lyrical output with a grand sense of scope that doesn't shy away from ambitious undertakings. In 2006, she wrote a "folk opera" called Hadestown that updates the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, setting it in a modern, economically crippled America. After touring the show across Vermont and other areas of New England, Mitchell set out to create an album version of the performance. She enlisted the help of big names such as Ani DiFranco and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and in 2010, Hadestown the album was released to steady amounts of positive acclaim.
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