Following on from recent heartbreaker “hurt”, Monteal songwriter Ada Lea has revealed plans for her sophomore album: it’s called one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden and comes out on September 24 through Saddle Creek.
She has also shared the album’s opener, “damn”, which sets up a sort of narrative for the record as it finds Ada Lea reflecting on a NYE party where everyone’s “drunk off their faces”, and things don’t go so swimmingly from there. Over back and forth trills of guitar, we get a feeling of her unsettled mind, her friend asking around for cocaine sending her into a spiral of thoughts: “every year gets a little bit darker / then the darker gets darker / then it’s dark as hell.” Despite the hesitance, there are echoes of joviality in the melody, as if the party is going on outside the singer’s numb mind, while she continues to scrabble around for something to ground her, but ends up deciding “damn the music / damn the fun that’s missing.” An impressively immersive song for one that’s built on such simple elements, “damn” certainly hooks us in for what’s to come on the album.
Ada Lea’s new album one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden comes out on September 24 through Saddle Creek (pre-order/save). You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.