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Laura Gibson

Goners, the fifth album from acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Laura Gibson, found its name in the first line she wrote in the bleak beginning of 2017: If we're already goners, why wait any longer, for something to crack open.

Much of Goners explores the loss of her father as a teenager, and her wrestling with the decision of whether to become a parent herself. "My days are charged. Potential future grief forces me to reckon with past grief. These were two points on a map of grief. I wanted to explore the territory between them." Gibson co-produced the songs with engineer and friend John Askew, with whom she'd also collaborated on her 2016 album, Empire Builder, in his Portland, OR, studio. They 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. "There was a lot of experimentation, stacking vocals and using tape loops to transform sounds. We were landing on arrangements that seemed impossible to recreate and so we kept moving forward."

It marks the first record Gibson made after completing a MFA in writing, and her language has never felt more alive, her storytelling sharper, her imagination looser. Perhaps Goners' most cathartic moment comes in a song about avoiding catharsis. On the moving final track, "I don't want your voice to move me," Gibson sings, Honey, all I know of hope is throwing stones into the void.

Laura Gibson announces new album

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Laura Gibson today announced her new album, Goners, will be released on October 26, 2018. The FADER premiered first single "Tenderness" this morning, writing, "It begins with drums pounding like feet hitting the Earth, and melts into something gentler when Gibson's vocals and strings cut in, her voice honeyed and light." Listen to "Tenderness" now here.

Of "Tenderness," Gibson says: "The songs I wrote for Goners all circle around the theme of grief, and the intimacy of shared loss. '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." Goners is available for pre-order here.

To celebrate the album's release, Gibson will head out on a US tour in November and December, beginning with a hometown Portland, OR show on November 2nd. More dates will be announced soon. 22 Aug 2018

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upcoming shows

2 Nov  

Portland OR  @ Mississippi Studios 

3 Nov  

Seattle WA  @ St. Mark's Cathedral

7 Nov  

Berlin GERMANY  @ Festaal Kreuzberg 

8 Nov  

Hamburg GERMANY  @ Mojo Club 

10 Nov  

Luebeck GERMANY  @ Rolling Stone Weekender 

11 Nov  

Cologne GERMANY  @ Gebaude 9 

12 Nov  

Brussels BELGIUM  @ Botanique Rontinde 

13 Nov  

London UNITED KINGDOM  @ Queen Elizabeth Hall 

15 Nov  

Amsterdam NETHERLANDS  @ Paradiso 

16 Nov  

Paris FRANCE  @ Petit Bain