Wanderlust Release Feburary 2nd
Deep in the red dirt country hills of Oklahoma, Elexa Dawson and Stanley Hotel built a spaceship and called that brilliant collaboration Wanderlust. Described as “a soul-stirring journey through earth and sky,” Wanderlust contains songs that beckon the listener to sojourn through passages formerly unexplored. From the first song’s expedition to the outer limits of the human experience to the last guided meditation, delivering a message from the ancestors, this album is an epic quest worthy of your best traveling shoes. Each song is a stop on the tour, gathering sweet sentiments of loneliness, love, connection, and completion.
Early praise for Wanderlust:
“Elexa Dawson brings a singular, authentic voice to American music. Songs that speak to joys of living and celebrate connection with others and the world at large. A refreshing voice and vision.”
Jedd Beaudoin, Strange Currency, KMUW
“Elexa Dawson’s vocal quality cuts right to the soul with a sound that is equal parts unique and nostalgic. This collaboration is magic, and every song has a beautiful and expansive feel. This record is truly refreshing and keeps you captivated from the first track to the last.”
Elexa Dawson gives audiences something to cry about. Her hopeful messages cut through the mundane without sidestepping pain. Deeply connected to land, her songs speak of the earth and community, and celebrate all relationships, from mother and child to friend and lover.
In late 2019, Music is Medicine introduced Elexa as a solo artist, after being long recognized as the lead songwriter for Weda Skirts. Her startup label, Turns Out Records also publishes the works of Heyleon, a trans-apocalyptic pagan bluegrass gospel group with roots in Kansas and New Mexico.
Elexa's sophomore release Wanderlust, a mindfully experimental collaborative album with Oklahoma-based Stanley Hotel, soared to #11 on the FAI Folk Chart in January before its February 2, 2024 release. Singles "Sweet Sisters" (an anthem for earth lovers) and "Answer" (ancestrally channeled folk rock) showcase the range of texture and mood achieved by this alchemic collection.