Published Sep 04, 2015Toronto-based singer-songwriter David Newberry is ready to unveil the full-length follow-up to 2012's No One Will Remember You, and before Replacement Things officially arrives, Exclaim! is streaming the new record in its entirety.
A 2014 EP titled Desire Lines heard Newberry moving away from his acoustic roots, and Replacement Things continues to hear him experimenting with a slightly harsher sound. The album was produced by Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung), while some of Vancouver's finest — including Veda Hille, Jenny Ritter, J.P. Maurie and Kenton Loewen (Dan Mangan + Blacksmith) — were also brought in to collaborate.
And while the new material may be more indie rock than traditional folk, Newberry's focus remains set on crafting strong, well-written songs and keeping his keen observational, and sometimes political, voice in the music. It also marks a decidedly more personal offering than anything he's previously released.
"There are things on the album like the break-up of a ten year relationship and navigating the changes that come with new romances, crises of confidence in music, friends dying and learning about mortality, making some big mistakes and trying to own them, or discovering and coming to terms with an anxiety disorder," he said in a statement. "None of that stuff has ever been explicitly a part of my artistic life. My previous records have always been fairly outward looking, whereas this one is a bit more inward looking. It's uncomfortable stuff, but it's all there on the record."
His earnest, emotional and edgier approach to music is evident from the get-go on opener "We Were Honest Once" and carries through on tracks like "Lost in Content," though the melancholic folk of "The Edge Where the Flawless Become the Obscene" and piano-driven ballad-esque closer "Freddie Mercury" harken back to simpler times, as well.
Replacement Things will be released independently on September 11, but you can scroll past Newberry's upcoming tour dates to give it an early listen in the player below.
09/11 Victoria, BC - Northern Quarter
09/12 Shawnigan Lake, BC - Farm Fest
09/13 Vancouver, BC - Hindenburg
09/17 Edmonton, AB - Wunderbar
09/18 Calgary, AB - TBD
10/01 Toronto, ON - Cameron House (Album Release Show)
10/02 Toronto, ON - Cameron House (Album Release Show)
10/22 Hamilton, ON - TBD
11/12 Peterborough, ON - The Garnet