Kristin Hersh

Kristin Hersh’s prolific career has seen her heralded queen of the alternative release. Songwriter, guitarist and singer, Kristin Hersh has released over 20 records solo, with Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE. She returns with a new solo record, 'Clear Pond Road' out now


Over the last three decades, Kristin Hersh’s prolific career has seen her heralded queen of the alternative release. Returning with a new solo recordClear Pond Road’  released in September 2023, the album is a cinematic road trip; a series of personal vignettes from a fiercely independent auteur, plush with layers of atonal, edgy-dreamy strings and mellotron.  

It’s a watershed moment in a career overflowing with creative firsts and inspirational thinking, an elegant piece of personal reportage. It’s a sensuous, life-affirming statement, a very personal memoir; it’s the a blossoming of a true icon of independence. 

In 2018 Hersh announced anew partnership with Fire Records that made possible the release of her acclaimed tenth studio album, ‘Possible Dust Clouds’. Since then there’s been new releases from Throwing Muses (‘Sun Racket’, 2020) and 50Foot Wave (‘Black Pearl’, 2022) along with new book ‘Seeing Sideways’ (2022).

“One of indie rock’s most fascinating figures” (The Guardian) Hersh has released over 20 solo records, with Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE to date. She is the author of an acclaimed memoir — based on her teenage diary — about a particularly eventful year, titled “Rat Girl”  (‘Paradoxical Undressing’ in the UK), which was named #8 on Rolling Stone’s “25 Greatest Rock Memoirs of all time.” She later released her albums‘Crooked’  (2010), ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’  (2016) and Throwing Muses‘Purgatory/Paradise’  (2013)as groundbreakingbooks of music, artwork, essays and lyrics. NPR Books said of Hersh’s latest work, ‘Don’t Suck, Don’t Die’  about her friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt, “Not only one of the best books of the year, it’s one of the most beautiful rock memoirs ever written.”  

Previously, the juxtaposition of light and dark has been essential to the drama of Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave, but this new record is something of a departure: more inward looking. Produced and performed by Hersh, Clear Pond Road’  is quieter yet more outspoken, its inventive musical logic underpinned by the ambience of field recordings. 

“Passion sounds less angry here, more grateful, I think,”Kristin says, “sweeter, sadder, and somehow no less alive. Honestly? It’s a love story and its erratic heart rate reflects this. As textured and raunchy as real life songs like these can get, the sonic vocabulary is delicate, so I had to respect that and keep it grounded with car engines and rain in New England, then whistling ducks and wind chimes in New Orleans. Which sounds wistful, like a blurry photograph.” 

Currently in the studio working on the next offering from Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh is also preparing for a three month solo tour to celebrate across the UK and Ireland before heading to Australia and New Zealand.  

Not many artists get this far along with the fire still going

Acquarium Drunkard




Deliciously dark and yet full of an elegant lightness, this is Hersh at the top of her considerable game ★★★★


A wonderful record… Hersh has parlayed subcultural innovations – and sometimes abyssal bleakness – into something with incredible longevity, depth and beauty. ★★★★★

The Arts Desk

The most perfectly pitched solo album from Hersh yet... stunning

The Wire

Press quotes

“Her powers of observation and capacity to live within her art […] goes a long way to explain Hersh’s enduring appeal” The Quietus

“Deliciously dark and yet full of an elegant lightness, this is Hersh at the top of her considerable game” ★★★★ Uncut 

“Personal, passionate and quietly intimate” MOJO 

“Her powers of observation and capacity to live within her art, which combined with her capacity for communicating sincere emotion with her audience, goes a long way to explain Hersh’s enduring appeal.” The Quietus 

“Simple and propulsive” Stereogum

“Stunning… a collection of beautifully understated songs that throb with a slowly building menace – like something from a David Lynch road movie.” Irish Times 

“Clear Pond Road is a stripped down look into intimate moments of  Hersh’s life. It pays homage to all the little pieces that make up the concept of living” Under The Radar 

“Resisting convention, it refuses to be pinned down” ★★★★ Slant Magazine 

“Another wonderful addition to her canon” ★★★★ Music OMH 

“Peerless songcraft” ★★★★1/2 Spectrum Culture 

“Beautiful” Brooklyn Vegan 

“Unique and beautiful” MXDWN 

“Kristin Hersh reverts from the noise rock heft of 50 Foot Wave’s Black Pearl with a record of introspective, widescreen indie rock.” Norman Records – Best New Albums  

“Another fine collection of songs to add to her ever-increasing canon.” Echoes and Dust 


Kristin Hersh's tough, instinctive wail, has been one of the greatest sounds in American underground rock for decades