Dangermuffin isn’t asking about your hometown, or the results of your Ancestry.com genetic test. They’re looking even further back, to the roots of the tree of knowledge—before Christianity, before Hinduism, before human spirituality became “organized.” Where are we really from?
Water and the ocean serve as repeated metaphors for family and for the spirit. It’s a fitting analogy from a songwriter who moved to the mountains and then wrote an album inspired by the sea. But even the craggy peaks and hollows of Appalachia—the oldest mountains on our planet—were once the ocean floor. Lotti draws upon this universality, finding mutual symbols of religious traditions across the world—the sun, the sea, a rose—and drawing them as archetypes to serve Heritage’s storyline of healing through spiritual awareness.
In that pursuit, the band—Lotti (guitar, vocals), Mike Sivilli (guitar, vocals), Steven Sandifer (upright bass, percussion, vocals) and new member Markus Helander (drums) of Finland—offers its most cohesive collection yet. What began as an intent to record an acoustic album morphed into a masterfully produced opus with deep layers of melody from Sivilli’s fleckless fingerpicking guitar, vocal harmonies and even occasional horns. Vocals were recorded at the Unitarian Church in Charleston, a National Historic Landmark where congregations have sought truth with open hearts and minds since its founding in 1772.
Although the band still plants their flag nearby in Folly Beach, S.C., Lotti’s move to western North Carolina brought peaceful solitude and time to explore the universal faiths and shamanic traditions that steer Heritage. What eternal truths recognized by our ancient family were submerged by the trauma of the prehistoric flood? With this album, Dangermuffin looks to the wisdom of ancestors whose worldview was defined by the currents of the ocean and the seasons of the mountains. That knowledge has long been suppressed by religious and societal constructs designed to control, but it’s still there for those who seek it, like a forbidden fruit waiting to unveil the mysteries of the Earth, both physical and spiritual. Download full bio here