Renowned Chapel Hill string band Mipso has signed with Rounder Records, whose President John Strohm remarked, "Mipso is a wildly creative, boundary-pushing band that is somehow also completely consistent with Rounder's deep string band tradition. Their ensemble playing, singing, and songwriting set them apart from the pack of rising acts in today's roots music scene."
"It's hard to imagine Mipso would exist if not for the influence a key handful of Rounder releases have had on our music, so it's exciting to join a label whose legacy we already love," said guitarist and singer Joseph Terrell. "Plus, the new Rounder team really understands our band. We think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
"We've long been inspired by Rounder Records' commitment to artistry," adds Mipso manager and Hatchery 17 co-founder Carrie Lombardi. "Getting to know the current Rounder team -- their deep industry experience, passion for music, and creative vision for ushering the label into its 50th year and beyond -- makes it a very exciting match for Mipso."
The band -- Terrell, bassist and singer Wood Robinson, fiddler and singer Libby Rodenbough, and mandolinist and singer Jacob Sharp -- first came together when they were students at the University of North Carolina. Their distinctive and wholly original blend of indie-folk, traditional Appalachian roots music, and atmospheric pop has earned them a devoted following among music fans and admiration from critics.
Writing in Rolling Stone, David Menconi praised the band's "winsome Americana," while NPR Music's Ann Powers took note of their broadening musical palette after seeing the band at AmericanaFest late last year. "Their performance just shows what you can do with a string band - all those ambient guitar parts - and give it kind of a new music edge."