Abby K is excited to share “Bread”, the latest single from her forthcoming new album Where We’re At, out March 31st. The song, says Abby, is about “the value of achieving artistic success and always stretching yourself”.” Creating art and baking bread are inherently different activities, but can feed an individual in their own way. Both take patience, are driven by intrinsic motivation, and require vulnerability. Mastering your craft is the most rewarding outcome of them all.
Abby K wrote Where We’re At in collaboration with her husband Brian Marcus, and recorded the record at Seattle’s iconic London Bridge Studios with seasoned producer Jonathan Plum, Where We’re At is a charming and thought provoking mix of resplendent folk-pop that touches upon the reality of what it means to be “getting by” together during a time of great uncertainty.
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A lot about love and life in art tends to be driven by beginnings and endings. Rare is the work that takes aim at the inbetween, a space without jittery butterflies or a neatly tied (or messily undone) conclusion. This makes Abby K’s new album Where We’re At a unique endeavor as she explores a moment in time no less complicated or captivating than the bookends of a story.
Where We’re At had its genesis as an wedding anniversary gift of sorts. Abby and Brian were looking forward to a celebratory getaway to mark their 20th, but the pandemic quickly dashed those plans. With their kids off at the only operating summer camp in the lower 48, they found themselves alone and homebound. It was an apt opportunity to reflect upon where the adventure of life had brought them over the past two decades by writing a song together as a gift to one another. The title track “Where We’re At” poured out of that first session, capturing their evolving love for each other but also taking stock of the issues affecting the wider world at the time (political division, the ongoing fight for racial justice, global conflict, and climate change to name a few). What they’d planned as a one off quickly grew into something more as they realized they’d only begun to scratch at the surface in an effort to decode the “alien rhyme” of an extraordinary season in their lives.
Abby and Brian had worked on songs together here and there, but they’d never embarked upon writing a whole album as a team. Together they would work on creating the story and the songs for the album, bringing it all to life under Abby’s voice and artistry. When asked if Where We’re At could be described as a concept album built around the story of a marriage, the pair more aptly describe the record as a time capsule. Something they hope their children will re-discover as adults and share with their own kids. “This period of time felt unrecognizable and difficult to put into words” they share, “we wanted to capture, preserve, and curate those moments.”
Abby has released three full-length LPs to date, including her most recent album The Whole Truth, which came out in 2019. While she describes The Whole Truth as a sometimes painful and cathartic exercise in coming to terms with many personal truths, Abby sees Where We’re At as an opportunity to express herself “as the person I am without shame or concern of what a listener might think, to stand up against wrong and write about issues that really mattered on a larger global scale.” The album’s lyrics and varied soundscapes echo the couple’s shared collection of laughter and tears as they find their way forward by coming to a true understanding of where they’re at.