It’s a very special morning, friends: two beloved singer-songwriters – both of whom have been rather quiet over the last several months – have dropped their firsts tastes of highly anticipated upcoming albums. Say g’day to Dean Lewis’s Falling Up, and St. Vincent’s Pay Your Way In Pain.
Falling Up, by Australia’s cherished son Dean Lewis, will appear on the follow-up to the musician’s wildly popular 2019 debut album A Place We Knew (which won in two of its three nominated categories at the ARIAs, including taking home the coveted Record Of The Year statue). No concrete info on when that album will appear, however Falling Up is a delightful promise of what we can expect.
It showcases those things Lewis does best (an effortless melody which meanders around acoustic guitar; a wholly candid delivery which almost cracks under the weight of the song’s emotion) but this track boosts the musician up to a level commensurate with maestros of emotion like David Gray and Ed Sheeran. Says Lewis: “[The] lyrics are about being online and focusing on that one negative comment in a sea of good. You feel the negativity and it affects your life, and I took it on, and I found myself feeling more and more anxious and isolated. I really struggle with that.”
Have a listen to the beauty below, and set a reminder for the clip premiere, which is happening Saturday at 7.30am!
Meanwhile, the revered Annie Clark – AKA St. Vincent – has dropped Pay Your Way In Pain, which is the first single from her sixth studio album Daddy’s Home, slated to land in your earholes on May 14 via Loma Vista/Caroline.
St. Vincent’s last release was 2017’s superb fractured-pop masterpiece Masseduction, which won in two of its three nominated categories at the 61st Grammy Awards. In her new single, Clark opens with a saloon-piano jangle and bursts into a sauntering, Eurythmics-esque jam with licks of sensual electric guitar and an all-over whisky-soaked Bowie vibe. It’s going to shake you, that’s for sure.
The upcoming record was produced by Clark and sought-after Lorde/Taylor Swift/Lana Del Rey visionary Jack Antonoff. Check out the diabolical clip for the new bop below.