“Saved!” Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter Album

"Saved!" Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter Album

Saved! is the fifth studio album by American avant-garde musician Kristin Hayter and the first under the alias Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter. It was released on October 20, 2023, through her own label, Perpetual Flame Ministries. It documents her attempt at salvation through religion, a topic featured heavily under her previous alias, Lingua Ignota. Hayter produced the album with Seth Manchester, and it received acclaim from critics.

On November 2, 2022, Hayter revealed that she would retire the persona Lingua Ignota and the accompanying catalog. In a statement, she explained that it is “not healthy for me to relive my worst experiences over and over” through the music of her former alias. The musician announced the debut album under the name Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter, an allusion to her real name Kristin Hayter, on August 22, 2023. Hayter created Saved! alongside her long-time collaborator Seth Manchester. The album marks the first release under her new label Perpetual Flame Ministries, which she launched in December 2022.

"Saved!" Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter Album

Hayter herself declared the album to be the “Book of Revelations within”, in which she reaches “new levels of unhinged, spiritually and sonically”. After leaving “Lingy” behind, she is now seeking herself, explaining, “evangelical conversion becomes an allegory for undoing and rebuilding”. In order to achieve that, she quotes: “To live ye must be born again”. It signifies an “earnest attempt to achieve salvation” and comes across as an “apocalyptic revelation on the complex, sometimes ugly, always nonlinear process of healing”. Hayter and Manchester started out recording on a 4-track which then “degraded in a series of small half-broken cassette players”.

John Amen of The Line of Best Fit found Hayter’s “delivery is as anguished as ever, even if her perspective reflects a religious or teleological clarity. All things considered, Hayter demonstrates that she’s as compelling when testifying from an evangelical perch as when navigating an existential crisis”.

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