Wyatt at the Coyote Palace, comes as both a double CD and a book, a dual format she has explored before. The music on Wyatt ranges from low-key, unplugged balladry (“In Stitches”) and rootsy folk (“Bubble Net”) to relatively uptempo but still acoustic-based songs (“Some Dumb Runaway,” “Christmas Underground”). Hersh plays all the instruments on the album, which was inspired in part by her autistic son Wyatt’s obsession with a local pack of coyotes.
As leader of Throwing Muses and, more recently, 50FootWave, Kristin Hersh specializes in careful, poetic observations couched in a variety of folk, pop and alt-rock settings. Like her fellow New England wordsmith Emily Dickinson, Hersh has an arch, literary perspective, so it’s no surprise that her latest release,