Sara Groves’ 14th studio album, first collection of original songs since Floodplain (2015), and first foray into self-producing is a reflection on the last several years. “In Kazuo Ishiguro’s book The Buried Giant, a husband and wife are waking up to their own histories – the ways they have been wounded, and have caused wounds. The story inspired me to explore the role our memories play in forgiveness and reconciliation. What do we remember, what do we forget, and what do we memorialize? How can we move toward each other when we have different versions of what happened? We are imperfect witnesses to our own lives and histories, and in the end, it is really hard to tell ourselves the truth.” Working on both an interpersonal and communal level, the songs of What Makes It Through speak to the journey towards truth and reconciliation.