Acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Laura Gibson has announced that her new album, ‘Goners’,will be released on October 26, 2018 via City Slang. Along with the announcement, she has shared a first single, as well as news that she will be playing London’s Southbank Centre this November 13th.
“Tenderness” is the first track to be shared from the new album, a record that sees Gibson dealing with grief and sorrow with unblinking conviction. This fifth long-player is a record for thinkers and feelers, for the fierce and also the weary, and despite its darkness, it is a work of radical hope.
“The songs I wrote for ‘Goners’ all circle around the theme of grief, and the intimacy of shared loss” she explains.“”Tenderness” reflects on the ways we project pain, lash out, or become cracked open by the immediacy of another person. The act of holding each others’ trauma and grief, is both miraculous and messy. When we’re young, we adopt certain strategies for seeking and receiving tenderness. Much of adulthood is spent dismantling those strategies, and drawing new ones. I wanted to write about that dismantlement.”
Gibson co-produced ‘Goners’ with engineer and friend John Askew, with whom she’d also collaborated on her 2016 album, ‘Empire Builder’, in his Portland, OR, studio. The songs began as simple demos, but Gibson kept returning to the studio to tinker, until she realized these demos had become a record. She ditched her guitar on half the songs, and instead played piano and Wurlitzer. Gibson enlisted a number of long time collaborators, including guitarist/synth extraordinaire Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie), drummer and found-sound percussionist Dan Hunt (Neko Case), and stand-up bassist Nate Query (The Decemberists); then built horn and woodwind arrangements with Kelly Pratt (St. Vincent and David Byrne, Father John Misty) and imaginative string parts with Kyleen King (Stephen Malkmus, Case/Lang/Veirs).