Emily Jane White, who releases her new album, Alluvion, on March 25 via Talitres, has shared a second preview of the 11-song album with today’s arrival of “The Hands Above Me” and its accompanying video.
“’The Hands Above Me’ is a song about political division, both manufactured and real,” explains White. “The narrator asks each side of a political divide if they truly support humanity or just voice empty words. The precarious state of a deeply fractured country is exemplified by the swinging of a pendulum, and the feeling of invisibility and abandonment so many feel in America, as if the lights are slowly dimming all around us.”
White displays her mastery of dark folk on Alluvion, creating an emotionally transparent collection that reflects an uncertain world and a woman navigating her way through it. The debut single, “Show Me The War” (https://youtu.be/ENrsd0YjjBs), which Brooklyn Vegan said was “as musically gripping as it is lyrically powerful,” touched on those very issues, using dance as an artform to express the feelings of loss and simultaneously, empowerment.
Over White’s six studio albums, she’s wowed fans and won over critics. Pitchfork said White’s music features “wispy and sweet” vocals “undercut with an alluring world-weary weight” that offer “rustic tales of woe.” Rolling Stone described her songs as “melancholy as a rainbow glimpsed through the bars of a prison window” and Stereogum noted her ability to write “spine-tingling, goth-tinged” ballads.
Alluvion was produced and arranged by multi-instrumentalist Anton Patzner (Bright Eyes, Taking Back Sunday, Pinback) with Alex DeGroot (Zola Jesus) handling mixing. Album pre-orders are available now, with the record available on vinyl, CD and digitally, via the Talitres shop (https://bit.ly/alluviontal), Bandcamp (https://bit.ly/alluvionbc), and various DSPs (https://bit.ly/alluviondig).
July 26 Montreal, QC Le National
July 28 Somerville, MA The Sinclair
July 29 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
July 30 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
August 1 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
August 2 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
August 5 Boulder, CO The Fox Theatre
August 7 Portland, OR The Old Church
August 8 Vancouver, BC The Rickshaw
August 9 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
August 11 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
August 13 Los Angeles, CA The El Rey Theatre