The Kansas-raised songwriter releases his debut album, ‘Radishes and Flowers’, this April, offering 12 tracks that feature the poetry of Wallace Stevens’ ‘Harmonium’ arranged as a song cycle in an indie-folk setting. Rundle’s stirring songwriting combines with Stevens’ affecting words for a resonating effect.
“I still recall the windy day I first read The Death of a Soldier by Wallace Stevens,” Rundle says. “I was in a park in Santa Fe with the cloudy skies overhead and those opening lines, “life contracts, and death is expected,” stuck in my mind. It was a chilling, but real, feeling. It is hard to look death in the face. Many years later, after watching my mother face death, the words hit harder. I wrote the song from that.”