North Carolina-based band Mipso is known for their distinctive and stirring indie folk sound. Following their critically acclaimed debut record, 2013’s Dark Hollar Pop, Mipso released Old Time Reverie in fall 2015 to rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The record shot up the Billboard charts, where it landed at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and in the Top 25 of the Billboard Heatseakers Chart. With songwriting hailed as “smartly written, hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern and secular.” (Acoustic Guitar), Mipso’s Old Time Reverie was named among the “Best Records of the Year” by The Guardian - for the band’s “aptidude for stunning harmonies” and for its “ lush and moving songs that feel as fresh as a warm spring rain.”
With over 300 shows under their belt so far, and the permanent addition of band mate Libby Rodenbough, Old Time Reverie is a reflection of Mipso’s musical and personal growth. Their gripping, mature sophomore release finds the quartet expanding their sonic resources while doubling down on their experimentation with string band tradition.
Influenced by the contradiction of their progressive home of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the surrounding rural southern landscapes, Mipso’s Old Time Reverie dips in, explores and mixes the complexities of traditional bluegrass with modern instrumentation and smart pop melodies. The result is an intoxicating, distinctly unique blend of modern day Americana.
Mipso is: Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals).
“Outfitted with a guitar, mandolin, string bass, fiddle, and an aptitude for stunning harmonies, Mipso is poised to be a new sort of Nickel Creek for the rising generation of folk/newgrass fans...Old Time Reverie is full of lush and moving songs that feel as fresh as a warm spring rain.” – The Guardian
““[D]eliciously distinctive...the picking is strong, the harmonies solid, and the tension between traditional musical tropes and the post-modern uncertainty of the lyrics makes for one satisfying sound.” – Nashville Scene
"There’s no banjo, no twang, no high tenor, and no bluegrass overdrive. Instead, there’s a front-porch sweetness to their sound, a thoughtfulness that makes every note count." – Acoustic Guitar
“Their songs are as heartfelt as they are intricately arranged in a way that is as forward thinking as it is rooted in tradition.” – Glide Magazine
“Provocative and mature…their best work yet.” – Indy Week
“The Chapel Hill quartet’s very fine new album Old Time Reverie is as sharp as they’ve ever sounded, 11 solid songs that go well beyond traditional string-band music with abundant pop sense” - News Observer
“Old Time Reverie soars with the group's sharp bluegrass composition and lilting harmonies. It also delivers complex and nuanced songwriting, strengthening Mipso’s craft as storytellers.”- WUNC