A former opera singer and actress, Katie Mullins released her debut album Pastoral in 2009, establishing herself as a singer/songwriter who moves beyond the typical ‘girl with guitar’ mold. On Wedding, her second album, released in 2013, she sings with the same rich voice and uses unexpected instruments like the mbira, a thumb-piano in the Zimbabwean tuning that she made herself, in addition to a baritone ukulele and keyboards. Her music is ‘as unassuming as it is ambitious’ with its ‘haunting vocal layering’ and dream-like lyrics, creating a mood that seems simultaneously imaginary and real. Wedding is a collection of songs about life and dreams, and about loves labors as they are growing and as they get lost…about things coming together even as they fall apart.
Mullins recorded Wedding at a tucked-away basement studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, called Japam Studios. Engineering team and brothers, Peter Wadsworth and Sam Wadsworth worked with Mullins to help her produce some of the more elaborate sounds and arrangements that set this album apart from her debut. Nick Kinsey of Elvis Perkins in Deerland, played drums, Mike Irwin of Low Anthem played horns, and James Waldo, of Spirits of the Red City played cello.