Black Belt Eagle Scout, the moniker of multi-instrumentalist Katherine Paul, has announced a new album. The Land, The Water, The Sky will arrive on February 10 via Saddle Creek. Today’s announcement comes with the release of the new single ‘My Blood Runs Through This Land’, alongside a music video directed by Evan Benally Atwood. Check it out and find the album cover and tracklist below.
In 2020, Paule moved from Portland back to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. “I created The Land, The Water, The Sky to record and reflect upon my journey back to my homelands and the challenges and the happiness it brought,” Paul explained in a press release.
Of the new song, she added: “‘My Blood Runs Through This Land’ is about the connection I have with my ancestors. When I run my hands through the rocks at Snee Oosh beach and dip my fingers into our waterways, I am reminded of where I come from. Paying attention to all of the sounds and the feelings I get when I am immersed in trails of cedar trees and canoeing out on the water deeply grounds me and strengthens my bond to my lineage of the Swinomish tribe. I wanted the delicateness of these moments to meet the intense reality of the history of my people. I like to imagine my blood – all of my ancestors – running through our homelands freely and powerfully.”
The Land, The Water, The Sky will follow Black Belt Eagle Scout’s 2019 record At the Party With My Brown Friends. It includes the previously released single ‘Don’t Give Up’.
The Land, The Water, The Sky Cover Artwork:
The Land, The Water, The Sky Tracklist:
1. My Blood Runs Through This Land
3. Salmon Stinta
5. On the River
7. Fancy Dance
8. Sčičudᶻ (a narrow place)
12. Don’t Give Up