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If you’re going to release your debut LP, you might as well go big, and that’s exactly what Philadelphia-based musician Jude Flannery is preparing to do. Quiet by your side (due September 20) is Flannery’s solo debut — the album explores the themes of connection and expectation. Joined by primary collaborators Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Muzz) on drums / percussion and Quentin Stoltzfus (Mazarin, Light Heat) on bass and guitar, the record has a psychedelic folk rock vibe. Additional collaborators include Robbie Bennett (The War on Drugs) on keyboards, Keir Neuringer (The Irreversible Entanglements) on saxophone, Zena Kay on pedal steel, and Annie Nero on backing vocals. The overall mix is warm and dynamic, a credit to the craft and production contributions of Barrick, who recorded and mixed the record, and Stoltzfus, who mastered the record at Philadelphia’s Silent Partner recording studio.
Today, Big Takeover is excited to share the record’s second single, “Don’t mind you asking.” As exhibited here, his songwriting focuses on simple structures with blues inspired extensions and gritty, heartfelt vocals. His lyrics express a desire to connect while acknowledging the space in between where our differences lie.
Speaking on the track, Flannery wrote:
“The song explores the idea that sometimes we can only hear and feel our way through moments. That gave me the idea of a conversation between two people, distraught with the ways of the world, figuring out where they are headed. One person is in a more troubled place and looking for answers. The other person doesn’t have the answers but they encourage the questions because sometimes the best thing you can do is just listen.”
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