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Antje Duvekot stopped by WERS this afternoon to provide a break from the more upbeat summer songs we have been playing like “Anna Sun” by Walk the Moon and “Tongue Tied” by Grouplove. Duvekot, who hails from Sommerville, MA, spent her warm up time gazing out the window as she softly sang to herself. Her arm looked like it belonged to another person – surely not the daydreaming girl who was observing all the passerbys in Boston’s sunny September weather. Duvekot later brought up how nice it was to be in a radio studio that was looking out on the Boston Common instead of being stuffed down in a basement.
New Siberia, her newest album that will come out in just over a week, was fresh on her mind with anticipation of its release. “The whole album has songs about journey and growth and improving,” Duvekot said. “I have had a rough teenagehood. It’s about moving away from a cold place and going somewhere better… but still staying true to yourself.” After explaining the ups and downs of her growing up, she looked a little embarrassed before admitting how much the album means to her. “It’s really personal, so it only makes sense to me,” she laughed. “I think I’m starting to look back… I guess I’m old now?”
Duvekot performed both “Life of a Princess” and “New Siberia” off that very upcoming album. Both songs took their time telling stories of an unremitting princess and moving on to a new home. Duvekot, who just turned 38, is creating songs with a new pair of eyes (“I guess I’m middle aged,” she laughed). It’s easy to tell the album carries the wisdom of an adult reflecting on their childhood with enough time to properly digest what actually went on, both literally and emotionally. “It’s strange because songwriting is a way to process things – it’s therapy,” she said. “Now I’m processing stuff from twenty years ago… It took a lot of time for this stuff to germinate. Songwriting is funny like that.”
Out came the harmonica for her final song, “Sleepy Sea of Indigo and Blue”, also off of New Siberia. With a sugary voice that never becomes too sweet, it’s only natural to wonder where her inspirations sprouted from (Ellis Paul and Dar Williams) to the new places they have budded to (Anaïs Mitchell and Meg Hutchinson).
Antje Duvekot is a huge part of Boston’s local scene. “There’s no town like this where there’s a huge support for indie music,” she said fondly when asked about what it’s like to be so welcome here. “It feels warm and fuzzy and the people in the scene are supportive of you.”
Some of the shows have already sold out, but there are still tickets for Antje Duvekot’s shows at Club Passim this weekend for the CD release of New Siberia. Settle down into the new fall weather with her comforting voice, charming accent, and sweet songs. You won’t be disappointed.