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Tomberlin shares the loping “Wasted” from new Alex G-produced EP

While many of us are still recovering from the heartbreak delivered by Tomberlin‘s debut album At Weddings back in 2018, she’s ready to release more new music. She has a new EP called Projections coming out on October 16, which was co-produced with Alex G and her bandmate Sam Acchione. The first song to be shared is called “Wasted”, which Tomberlin introduces by saying:

 “‘Wasted’ was the most fun song to record. I brought the song with the guitar part and knew I wanted drums, but wasn’t sure what kind of beat I wanted. Alex played this drum beat for me and was all ‘kinda left field but maybe this would be cool.’ It took the song to a whole new level. Sad song or summer banger? You tell me.”

She’s absolutely on point that the unusual drum pattern gives “Wasted” a delightful gait, and it seems her vocal part responds to it with a bouncing lightness. Tomberlin’s words are still hugely affecting, begging for re-runs to get inside and analyse each line, but with the blissful breeziness in the bass, violins and drums that dance all around, you could just enjoy “Wasted” as a beautifully melodious track. In the end, it is in fact both a sad song and a summer banger.

The video for “Wasted” was directed by Busy Phillipps, who says: “It was such a collaborative and intimate experience- We’d been listening a lot to the EP in the house. The concept evolved from how striking SB looked in that dress, combined with the lushness of the greenery and watching our pre-teen daughter and her friend having this kind of magical few weeks of freedom and childhood in the middle of what has been such a heavy time, obviously.

Tomberlin’s new EP Projections comes out on October 16 through Saddle Creek. You can find her on Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.