Laura Stevenson‘s new, self-titled studio album follows the heartbeat of the life-altering events experienced since her 2019 album, The Big Freeze. From the excitement and tribulations of giving birth to her first child during the COVID-19 pandemic to the powerful rage born from a turbulent situation in which someone she loves was harmed and nearly killed, the new collection is a dynamic and heartbreaking celebration of life. Laura previously released ferocious album opener “State” and today reveals new single, “Don’t Think About Me“. Laden with sugary harmonies, reminiscent of Stevenson’s power-pop driven 2015 effort Cocksure, the new track is an “instant indie classic” anti-anthem; a sour grapes song about unrequited love and the inevitability that it too will grow stale.
Due out August 6 on Don Giovanni Records, Laura Stevenson was produced by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Hop Along, Dinosaur Jr.), and features longtime collaborator and bandmate Jeff Rosenstock on guitar. While it is often emotionally heavy, Laura Stevenson never strays from its true motivating force: love.
“The album was written as a sort of purge and a prayer,” Stevenson says. When it finally came time to record, she was pregnant with her first child. “It was a very intense experience to re-live all of the events of the previous year, while tracking these songs, with my daughter growing inside me, reliving all of that fear and pain and just wanting to protect her from the world that much more. It made me very raw.”
The album follows Stevenson’s 2019 career milestone The Big Freeze, celebrated for its “finely detailed, wrenchingly intimate songwriting” (All Songs Considered), and a 2020 NPR Tiny Desk (counted as one of the year’s 20 Best). Recorded at The Building in Marlboro, NY, Laura Stevenson is a sincere portrait of a human heart in all its vibrant colors. More than anything, it is about bearing one’s whole self in the face of those you love—uncomfortable, and exposed, but vital, present. Here.
Laura Stevenson tracklist
2. Don’t Think About Me
3. Moving Cars
4. Continental Divide
6. Sky Blue, Bad News
9. After Those Who Mean It
10. Children’s National Transfer
Catch Her LIVE On Tour – Tickets
July 24: Portland, ME @ Portland House of Music and Events +
July 25: Woodstock, NY @ Colony +
October 15: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair *
October 16: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg *
October 22: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
October 23: Washington DC @ 9:30 Club +
* with Adult Mom opening
+ opening for Lucy Dacus