And some UK dates too! Singer, songwriter and musician Courtney Marie Andrews, who won our female artist of the year back in 2018, has announced the release of a new album ‘Old Flowers’ which is due 5th June on Loose / Fat Possum Records. In advance of the release, the new album track, ‘If I Told’ is premiering today too – you can listen to it below.
Created in the aftermath of a long-term relationship, the new record features some of Andrews’ most vulnerable writing to date on ten new songs that “chronicle her journey through heartbreak, loneliness and finding herself again after it all.”
Andrews reflects, “Old Flowers is about heartbreak. There are a million records and songs about that, but I did not lie when writing these songs. This album is about loving and caring for the person you know you can’t be with. It’s about being afraid to be vulnerable after you’ve been hurt. It’s about a woman who is alone, but okay with that, if it means truth. This was my truth this year—my nine-year relationship ended and I’m a woman alone in the world, but happy to know herself.”
Produced by Andrew Sarlo (Bon Iver, Big Thief), the album was recorded at Sound Space Studio and features only three musicians: Andrews (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano), Twain’s Matthew Davidson (bass, celeste, mellotron, pedal steel, piano, pump organ, wurlitzer, background vocals) and Big Thief’s James Krivchenia (drums, percussion).
Of their intention, Sarlo adds, “Before we got to the studio, we agreed to prioritize making this record as cathartic and minimal as possible—focusing on Courtney’s voice and her intention behind the songs. Because of this, the record is all about performance. I believe a great recording is the chemistry between everything during basics and the ability to feel something happening instead of obsessing over the perfect take. Courtney embraced this approach and we ended up with a raw, natural and human record.”
‘Old Flowers’ Tracklist:
1. Burlap String
3. If I Told
4. Together Or Alone
5. Carnival Dream
6. Old Flowers
7. Break The Spell
8. It Must Be Someone Else’s Fault
9. How You Get Hurt
10. Ships In The Night
Oh and in celebration of the album, Andrews will return to Europe in June for a handful of shows including London’s Omeara on 18th June. Here are the UK dates:
June 16—Birmingham, U.K.—Hare & Hounds
June 17—Pocklington, U.K.—Pocklington Arts Centre
June 18—London, U.K.— Omeara
June 19-21—Tunbridge Wells, UK—Black Deer Festival
June 21—Nottingham, U.K.—Metronome
June 22—Oxford, U.K.—Wesley Memorial Church
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