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Bess Atwell

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Bess Atwell

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  • “One thing Now”
  • “Sylvester”
  • “The Weeping”
  • “Spinning Solar”
  • “Fan Favorite”

Bess Atwell’s third album, Mild Sleeper, is type of a full-circle second for her. The Brighton, U.Okay., singer-songwriter began writing music when she was a child, and located a significant affect in Taylor Swift. So when Aaron Dessner, The Nationwide band member who has additionally produced for Swift, reached out to Atwell and wished to supply her document, she jumped on the likelihood.

Whereas it is perhaps simple for these huge names to overshadow your venture, Mild Sleeper is the primary album Dessner has labored on in years that he did not assist write; Atwell’s private songwriting stands by itself.


On this session, Atwell talks about how she related with Dessner; about recording the album at his studio in Lengthy Pond, N.Y.; and about how this album sees her embracing extra feeling and vulnerability.

This episode of World Cafe was produced and edited by Miguel Perez. Our senior producer is Kimberly Junod and our engineer is Chris Williams. Our programming and reserving coordinator is Chelsea Johnson and our line producer is Will Loftus.

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