News for Lael Neale

NEWS : TUE, JAN 11, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Watch Lael Neale official video for “Hotline”

“Hotline” is Lael Neale’s effervescent new single and video, and is available today worldwide on all DSPs from Sub Pop. The song was written by Neale in collaboration with her friend, Jane McCarthy, arranged and produced by Guy Blakeslee, and mastered by Chris Coady. “Hotline” follows the release of Acquainted with Night, her acclaimed album of 2021.
 
In celebration of the new song, fans can dial a “hotline” to connect with Neale, and she will read callers’ fortunes for 2022. The number will be active beginning today, January 11th from noon - 5 pm ET. Neale explains, “I became interested in numerology through John Lennon and his belief in the significance of numbers, specifically the number nine. Because this song imagines a late night call of desperation into a psychic hotline, I thought it’d be fun to act as that ‘psychic’ and connect with people directly, giving them a personalized fortune for this year based on their unique numerology.” Call 858-224-3129 today!


 
Neale’s Acquainted with Night features ten tracks and includes the standouts “Blue Vein,” “Every Star Shivers in the Dark,” “For No One For Now,” and the title cut, and is available on CD/LP/CS/DSPs through Sub Pop. The album was composed and arranged by Neale, produced and mixed by Blakeslee, and mastered by Chris Coady.
 
Upon its release Acquainted with Night saw praise from the likes of UncutMOJO, Loud & Quiet, The AV Club, Stereogum, SPIN, and earned “Best of 2021” placement from the likes of Under the RadarLes Inrocks, Aquarium Drunkard, Gold Flake Paint, Still Listening, Secret Meeting and more.
 
What people are saying about Lael Neale:
“Who knew the world was lacking a country-folk version of Broadcast until now?” - ★★★★ MOJO
 
a beautiful, otherworldly record.” - Aquarium Drunkard
 
“With her Omnichord, the singer/songwriter exposes the nerve endings of her songs.”  ★★★★★ - Musikexpress
 
“This album reminds listeners that life is full of beauty not in spite of, but because of, the ordinary details of every day.” [8/10] Loud & Quiet
 
“…an intimate, lo-fi set of songs that seem unearthed from the dusty vaults of time.”  ★★★★ - The Forty Five
 
“The simplicity is part of what makes her record so beautiful; just her voice, her words, her electric guitar, and her omnichord are enough to put the listener in a trance.” - SPIN
 
“The result is the urgent melodies and unadorned instrumentals on Acquainted With Night, a collection of songs that’s disarmingly poetic in its simplicity.” - The AV Club
 
“Her lyrics are intuitive, meandering between memory and fantasy. As she ponders the rituals of the mundane – folding sheets, making toast, watching strangers in the street – her old-timey vocals and country-folk melodies make gorgeous, placid trails, gently crackling on the four-track tape.” - The Guardian
 
“With a celestial voice stripped of any artifice, Lael Neale skillfully blends romance and the banality of life with brilliant songs of drama and humor.” - Les Inrocks
 
“…There is a raw, unvarnished energy screaming throughout these 10 tunes.” [8/10], Northern Transmissions
 
“Lael Neale’s second album weaves intimacy with dreamy, Omnichordal magic.”  - Secret Meeting
 
“A collection of intimate, powerful, and incredibly relatable songs, Acquainted with Night paints a portrait of solitude that resonates with the current state of the world.“ - Monster Children


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : WED, OCT 13, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Hear Lael Neale’s “For No One For Now” remixed by U.S. Girls

Lael Neale’s “For No One For Now,” which Under the Radar calls “strangely haunting and hypnotic,” is a standout from Acquainted With Night, her acclaimed Sub Pop debut from earlier this year. Today, we’re sharing a remix of the song by experimental pop act U.S. Girls, which amplifies Lael’s vocal and recreates the song’s backbeat with finger snaps, percussive and electronic elements into a minimal glitched out, bassy track.
 
Listen: https://ffm.to/laelnealeremix
 
Lael Neale is also sharing new, European and UK dates for 2022 in support of Acquainted With Night which begin Saturday, January 29th in Aalborg, Denmark at Northern Winterbeat Festival  and ending on  Saturday, February in Manchester, UK at Gullivers. Tickets for these shows are on sale now.
 
Preceding these shows are Lael’s California and European festival shows for 2021, which resume this Saturday, October 16th in Sonoma, CA at Huichica Festival and run through Friday, November 19th in Paris, France at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris.
 
Fall 2021
Sat. Oct 16 - Sonoma, CA - Huichica Festival
Sun. Oct. 17 - Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall
Tue. Oct. 19 - Santa Ana, CA - The Constellation Room ^
Wed, Oct. 20 - Los Angeles, CA - The Lodge Room ^
Thu. Oct. 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Zebulon **
Wed. Nov. 10 - Lorient, FR - Les IndisciplinéEs Festival
Fri. Nov. 12 -  Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival
Sat. Nov. 13 - Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Festival
Tue. Nov. 16 - Katowice, PL - Ars Cameralis Festival
Fri. Nov. 19 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
 
Winter 2022
Sat. Jan. 29 - Aalborg, DK - Northern Winterbeat Festival
Sun. Jan. 30 - Copenhagen, DK - Huset-KBH
Tue. Feb. 01 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus
Wed. Feb. 02 - Berlin, DE  - Monarch
Thu. Feb. 03  - Munich, DE  - Heppel & Ettlich
Fri. Feb. 04  - Baden, CH - One of A Million Festival
Sat. Feb. 05 - Düdingen, CH  - Bad Bonn
Mon. Feb. 07 - Luxembourg, LU - Rotondes *
Wed. Feb. 09 - Lille, FR - Le Grand Mix *
Thu. Feb. 10 - Nantes, FR - Stereolux
Fri. Feb. 11 - Orleans, FR - L’Astrolabe *
Sat. Feb. 12 -  Rouen, FR - Le 106 *
Mon. Feb. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord (Tuinzaal)
Tue. Feb. 15 - Brussels, BE - Le Botanique (Witloof Bar)
Thu. Feb. 17 - London, UK -  St. Pancras Old Church
Sat. Feb. 19 -  Manchester, UK - Gullivers
 
* w/ Anna B Savage
** w/ Entrance Band
^ w/ Wet
 
Acquainted With Night features ten tracks and includes the standouts “Blue Vein,”“Every Star Shivers in the Dark,” “For No One For Now,” and the title cut. The album was composed and arranged by Neale, produced and mixed by Guy Blakeslee, and mastered by Chris Coady.
 
Acquainted with Night is available on CD/LP/CS/DSPs through Sub Pop.

What people are saying about Lael Neale Acquainted With Night:
“Who knew the world was lacking a country-folk version of Broadcast until now?” - ★★★★ MOJO
 
a beautiful, otherworldly record.” - Aquarium Drunkard
 
“With her Omnichord, the singer/songwriter exposes the nerve endings of her songs.”  ★★★★★ - Musikexpress
 
“This album reminds listeners that life is full of beauty not in spite of, but because of, the ordinary details of every day.” [8/10] Loud & Quiet
 
“…an intimate, lo-fi set of songs that seem unearthed from the dusty vaults of time.”  ★★★★ - The Forty Five
 
“The simplicity is part of what makes her record so beautiful; just her voice, her words, her electric guitar, and her omnichord are enough to put the listener in a trance.” - SPIN
 
“The result is the urgent melodies and unadorned instrumentals on Acquainted With Night, a collection of songs that’s disarmingly poetic in its simplicity.” - The AV Club
 
“Her lyrics are intuitive, meandering between memory and fantasy. As she ponders the rituals of the mundane – folding sheets, making toast, watching strangers in the street – her old-timey vocals and country-folk melodies make gorgeous, placid trails, gently crackling on the four-track tape.” - The Guardian
 
“Stripped of frills, young Lael Neale sings the starry nights of her native Virginia. With grace and grit. And the soul of an old bluesman. Lael Neale confirms her talent with an intense second album.” - ffffTélérama
 
“With a celestial voice stripped of any artifice, Lael Neale skillfully blends romance and the banality of life with brilliant songs of drama and humor.” - Les Inrocks
 
“…There is a raw, unvarnished energy screaming throughout these 10 tunes.” [8/10], Northern Transmissions
 
“Lael Neale’s second album weaves intimacy with dreamy, Omnichordal magic.”  - Secret Meeting
 
“A collection of intimate, powerful, and incredibly relatable songs, Acquainted with Night paints a portrait of solitude that resonates with the current state of the world.“ - Monster Children
 
“She’s back with another new track, the entrancing “For No One For Now.’ Like Neale’s prior single, this one is minimal and reflective while maintaining a strong backbeat. But rather than build to a cathartic breakthrough, ‘For No One For Now’ lingers in the unresolved tension, less a song than an atmosphere to exist inside.” - Stereogum
 
“‘For No One For Now’ was inspired by Joan Didion’s imagery of the San Fernando Valley, but recrafted beautifully through Neale’s poetic songwriting and Omnichord instrumental.” - PASTE

                                                           

Lael Neale
Acquainted With Night

                                                           
Tracklisting:
1. Blue Vein   
2. Every Star Shivers in the Dark 
3. Acquainted with Night    
4. White Wings      
5. How Far Is It to the Grave         
6. For No One For Now      
7. Sliding Doors & Warm Summer Roses          
8. Third Floor Window       
9. Let Me Live by the Side of the Road   
10. Some Sunny Day


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : FRI, FEB 19, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Watch Lael Neale’s official video for “Acquainted With Night,” the title track from her acclaimed new album, out today worldwide from Sub Pop

Lael Neale directs and stars in the official video for “Acquainted With Night,” the title track from her new album, which is available today worldwide from Sub Pop.
 
Neale says: “‘Acquainted With Night’ is another homemade video that explores my complex relationship with technology. I am drawn to archaic machines, but that doesn’t mean I want to slip backwards into some idealized past. I’m more interested in stepping out of time entirely.”



Acquainted With Night features ten tracks, and includes the previously released standouts “Blue Vein,” “Every Star Shivers in the Dark,” “For No One For Now,” and the aforementioned title track. The album was composed and arranged by Neale, produced and mixed by Guy Blakeslee, and mastered by Chris Coady.
 
Acquainted With Night has seen international praise from the likes of MOJO, who in its 4-star review, raved, “Who knew the world was lacking a country-folk version of Broadcast until now?” France’s Télérama said, “Stripped of frills, young Lael Neale sings the starry nights of her native Virginia. With grace and grit. And the soul of an old bluesman. Lael Neale confirms her talent with an intense second album.” Meanwhile Uncut in its feature on Acquainted With Night, offered this, “A thing of shimmering beauty, led by Neale’s otherworldly voice with its shades of Vashti Bunyan and Julia Holter.”
 
Neale and producer Blakeslee, recently performed songs for FLOOD Magazine’s “Neighborhood Sessions,” who says, “The pair took turns filming each other perform their new tracks—appropriately shot with grainy, camcorder-esque quality—on a farm in the area where Neale grew up. The back-to-back solo guitar performances of Neale’s “Blue Vein” and Blakeslee’s album opener “Sometimes” prove just how much musical chemistry the two share (see FLOOD February 16th, 2021).”
 
Acquainted with Night is now available through Sub Pop. LPs purchased through megamart.subpop.comselect independent retailers in North Americain the U.K., and in Europe will receive the album on white vinyl (while supplies last). *Please note: Due to production issues online LP orders will ship at a later date this spring (exact date TBD).


What people are saying about Lael Neale:
“With her Omnichord, the singer/songwriter exposes the nerve endings of her songs.” -  ★★★★★ - Musikexpress

“This album reminds listeners that life is full of beauty not in spite of, but because of, the ordinary details of every day.” - 8/10, Loud & Quiet

“Stripped of frills, young Lael Neale sings the starry nights of her native Virginia. With grace and grit. And the soul of an old bluesman. Lael Neale confirms her talent with an intense second album.” - ffffTélérama
 
“With a celestial voice stripped of any artifice, Lael Neale skillfully blends romance and the banality of life with brilliant songs of drama and humor.” - Les Inrocks
 
“…Like Mazzy Star with an Omnichord.” [“Every Star…”] - Uncut
 
“…an intimate, lo-fi set of songs that seem unearthed from the dusty vaults of time.” - ★★★★ The Forty Five
 
“…stunning album…Neale is an extraordinary, precise and original writer, with a distinct voice in every sense. Get acquainted.” - Shindig!
 
“…There is a raw, unvarnished energy screaming throughout these 10 tunes.” - 8/10, Northern Transmissions
 
“Lael Neale’s second album weaves intimacy with dreamy, Omnichordal magic.” - Secret Meeting
 
“Why We’re Excited: A little serendipity never hurt anyone, and it seems to be the very thing songwriter Lael Neale needed. In this case, that stroke of fortune was a friend loaning Neale an omnichord. That loan led the recent Sub Pop signee to tap into a wellspring of inspiration that directly led to her upcoming album, Acquainted with Night. With three singles, including the gorgeous “Blue Vein”, to judge from, we can only hope that Neale’s friend let her keep that omnichord. They’re a perfect match.” [40 Most Anticipated Albums of 2021] - Consequence of Sound
 
“The grandeur of the organ tones, joined by a tinny drum machine, give it a similar feel to Beach House’s more recent albums.”  [“Every Star Shivers in the Dark”] - Brooklyn Vegan
 
“Against a beat and organ based tones, Neale belts the vocals out like she’s singing to anyone who will listen. Her voice echoes like a ringing bell or alarm, the simplicity of the song’s structure works with her voice as the catalyst.”  [“Every Star Shivers in the Dark”] - Closed Captioned
 
“…Lael taps into something universal, city or country, that we all long for, connection…and if you find the time to listen to Lael’s music, you’ll find plenty to love as well.”[ “Every Star Shivers in the Dark”/“Five Things We Liked This Week”] - For the Rabbits
 
“An absorbing two-chord hymnal” [“Every Star Shivers in the Dark”] - Joyzine
 
“‘Every Star Shivers in the Dark’ is far more reflective in its delivery, there is an undeniably optimistic undertone and a dreaminess liberally sprinkled throughout. It brings a crescendo of twinkling key changes at the end of the track which linger long in the mind like the last rays of sunshine on the perfect Summer day.” - Still Listening
 
“Neale impressed us with ‘Every Star Shivers In The Dark,’…she’s back with another new track, the entrancing “For No One For Now.’ Like Neale’s prior single, this one is minimal and reflective while maintaining a strong backbeat. But rather than build to a cathartic breakthrough, ‘For No One For Now’ lingers in the unresolved tension, less a song than an atmosphere to exist inside.” - Stereogum
 
“‘For No One For Now’ was inspired by Joan Didion’s imagery of the San Fernando Valley, but recrafted beautifully through Neale’s poetic songwriting and Omnichord instrumental.” - PASTE
 
“‘For No One For Now’ is deceptively simple and strangely haunting and hypnotic.” [#1/ “Song of the Week”] - Under the Radar


Lael Neale

Acquainted With Night
                                                           
Tracklisting:
1. Blue Vein   
2. Every Star Shivers in the Dark 
3. Acquainted with Night    
4. White Wings      
5. How Far Is It to the Grave         
6. For No One For Now      
7. Sliding Doors & Warm Summer Roses          
8. Third Floor Window       
9. Let Me Live by the Side of the Road   
10. Some Sunny Day


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : WED, JAN 13, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Watch Lael Neale’s “Blue Vein” official video from Acquainted With Night, her full-length, Sub Pop debut

Lael Neale directs and stars in the official video for “Blue Vein,” the lead single from her forthcoming album Acquainted With Night, out February 19th, 2021 on LP*/CD/DL/CS worldwide through Sub Pop.

 
“Blue Vein” is her personal anthem. A Paul Revere piece. Galloping through the town as a strident declamation. Neale offers this, “I wrote it around New Year’s Eve and it felt like a resolution.”  Indeed, it is an amalgam of thoughts, concerns, and lessons as she nearly speaks the words, unmasked by flourishes, ensuring the meaning cuts through. In the final verse she states that, “some say the truth springs for reservoir seekers, but I think the truth sings to whoever listens” thereby establishing herself as the proverbial carrier pigeon delivering a message. 


 
Acquainted With Night features ten tracks, and includes the previously released standouts “Every Star Shivers in the Dark” and “For No One For Now.” The album was composed and arranged by Neale, produced and mixed by Guy Blakeslee, and mastered by Chris Coady.
 
Uncut calls the album, “A thing of shimmering beauty, led by Neale’s otherworldly voice with its shades of Vashti Bunyan and Julia Holter.”
 
Acquainted with Night is now available for preorder through Sub Pop. LPs purchased through megamart.subpop.comselect independent retailers in North Americain the U.K. and in Europe will receive the album on white vinyl (while supplies last). *Please note: Due to production issues online LP orders will not ship out in time for release date (exact date TBD).


What people are saying about Lael Neale:
“…Like Mazzy Star with an Omnichord.” [“Every Star…”] - Uncut
 
“The grandeur of the organ tones, joined by a tinny drum machine, give it a similar feel to Beach House’s more recent albums.”  [“Every Star Shivers in the Dark”] - Brooklyn Vegan
 
“Against a beat and organ based tones, Neale belts the vocals out like she’s singing to anyone who will listen. Her voice echoes like a ringing bell or alarm, the simplicity of the song’s structure works with her voice as the catalyst.”  [“Every Star Shivers in the Dark”] - Closed Captioned
 
“…Lael taps into something universal, city or country, that we all long for, connection…and if you find the time to listen to Lael’s music, you’ll find plenty to love as well.”[ “Every Star Shivers in the Dark”/“Five Things We Liked This Week”] - For the Rabbits
 
“An absorbing two-chord hymnal” [“Every Star Shivers in the Dark”] - Joyzine
 
“‘Every Star Shivers in the Dark’ is far more reflective in its delivery, there is an undeniably optimistic undertone and a dreaminess liberally sprinkled throughout. It brings a crescendo of twinkling key changes at the end of the track which linger long in the mind like the last rays of sunshine on the perfect Summer day.” - Still Listening
 
“Neale impressed us with ‘Every Star Shivers In The Dark,’…she’s back with another new track, the entrancing “For No One For Now.’ Like Neale’s prior single, this one is minimal and reflective while maintaining a strong backbeat. But rather than build to a cathartic breakthrough, ‘For No One For Now’ lingers in the unresolved tension, less a song than an atmosphere to exist inside.” - Stereogum
 
“‘For No One For Now’ was inspired by Joan Didion’s imagery of the San Fernando Valley, but recrafted beautifully through Neale’s poetic songwriting and Omnichord instrumental.” - PASTE
 
“‘For No One For Now’ is deceptively simple and strangely haunting and hypnotic.” [#1/ “Song of the Week”] - Under the Radar
 
More on Acquainted With Night:
It is the simple thing that is so hard to do. This is the paradox that musician Lael Neale has lived within throughout her development as an artist. It is the reason she became enthralled with poetry. Poems are a distillation. Lael says, “this challenge to winnow away what is unessential is the most maddening and, ultimately, rewarding part of writing a song.”
 
Lael’s new album Acquainted with Night is a testament to this poetic devotion. Stripped of any extraneous word or sound, the songs are lit by Lael’s crystalline voice which lays on a lush bed of Omnichord. The collection touches on themes that have been thread into her work for years: isolation, mortality, yearning, and reaching ever toward the transcendent experience.


Lael grew up on a farm in rural Virginia, but for nearly 10 years called Los Angeles home.  Those years were spent developing her songwriting and performing in venues across the city, but the right way to record the songs proved more elusive. She worked with countless musicians, producers and collaborators, making entire records and eventually stowing them away. She says, “Every time I reached the end of recording, I felt the songs had been stripped of their vitality in the process of layering drums, bass, guitar, violin and organ over them. They felt weighed down.”
 
Despite endless frustration she never resigned and in a moment of illumination the most obvious solution presented itself: do the simple thing. In early 2019, in the midst of major transition, she acquired a new instrument, the Omnichord, and began recording a deluge of emerging songs with the intention to capture them in their truest form. Guy Blakeslee, who had been an advocate for years, facilitated the process by setting up the cassette recorder in her bedroom and providing empathic guidance, subtle yet affecting accompaniment and engineering prowess. Limited to only 4-tracks and first takes, Lael had to surrender some of her perfectionism to deliver the songs in their essence.  
           
The first song she recorded was “For No One For Now” which calls to mind the agitated beat of driving fast on the freeway against the backdrop of the San Fernando Valley with its bent palms.  Lael explains, “I’ve always loved these stretches of road where the magic of the city seems hemmed in by the mundane.” The song contrasts romantic idealizations with the banality of folding sheets and toasting bread. It highlights her oft-thwarted attempts to enjoy the day to day while her mind wanders off toward the dream, the ideal. “We almost lost this one because we had this complex method of listening back on a boombox since the rewind button didn’t work on the recorder. I accidentally recorded over a part of it so we were stuck with the first mix in all its imperfection. This was the thrilling element of recording in this way.”
 
On the other hand, recording “Every Star Shivers in the Dark” took a bit more time. She notes, “it was written so quickly that I needed to let it sink in, get to know it through many attempts at capturing the feeling I had at its inception.” Los Angeles is a player on this album and this song is an ode to the sprawling city, the outskirts of Eden. One can envision her walking from Dodgers Stadium to downtown, observing strangers and her own strangeness but determined to find communion with others.
 
Lael returned to her family farm back in April 2020 and has taken advantage of the limitations imposed by this period. She re-discovered her Sony Handycam from high school and is using it to make impressionistic companion pieces to the songs she recorded in Los Angeles. She continues, “I am enjoying the strong contrast between the songs I wrote and recorded in California and the videos I am making for them in Virginia. It offers something unexpected.” 
 
The lo-fi quality of the films certainly suits the tone of the album. Guy comments, “an idea that was floating around in our conversations before and during the process was ‘lost tapes’ - and I think these recordings feel like such an artifact - a sonic portrait of a season of a life, a sacred tape made in private by an artist at the peak of creative power and rediscovered by chance for the ages.”
 
Normally a morning person, Lael recorded most of these songs in the early darkening evening and so became Acquainted with Night.


Lael Neale
Acquainted With Night

Tracklisting:

1. Blue Vein   

2. Every Star Shivers in the Dark 

3. Acquainted with Night    

4. White Wings      

5. How Far Is It to the Grave         

6. For No One For Now      

7. Sliding Doors & Warm Summer Roses          

8. Third Floor Window       

9. Let Me Live by the Side of the Road   

10. Some Sunny Day


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : WED, NOV 18, 2020 at 10:58 PM

Lael Neale shares official video for her new single “For No One For Now”

Lael Neale is sharing an official video for new single “For No One For Now,” an uptempo lament set in Didion’s Los Angeles. The disco drum track of the Omnichord calls to mind the agitated beat of driving fast on the freeway against the backdrop of the San Fernando Valley with its bent palms. Lael offers this, “I’ve always loved these stretches of road where the magic of the city seems hemmed in by the mundane.” The song contrasts romantic idealizations with the banality of folding sheets and toasting bread. “For No One For Now” is available worldwide on all DSPs from Sub Pop.


 
Lael grew up on a farm in Virginia among acres of clouds, fields, and woods. It was writing and writers close to nature - Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Steinbeck, and Mary Oliver - that she most connected with. In 2009, she moved to California with a rising devotion to music and for nearly 10 years has called Los Angeles home.  She worked with countless musicians, producers and collaborators, making entire records and eventually stowing them away. Despite endless frustration, she never resigned.  After discovering a new instrument, the Omnichord, she experienced a moment of illumination and began recording a deluge of emerging songs with the intention to capture them in their truest form.  She remarks, “Guy Blakeslee who had been an advocate for years facilitated the process. He set up a cassette 4-track in my bedroom and provided empathic guidance, subtle yet affecting accompaniment, and engineering prowess.”


 
She returned to her family farm back in April 2020 and has taken advantage of the limitations imposed by this period. She resurrected her old Sony Handycam from high school and is using it to make impressionistic companion pieces to the songs she recorded in Los Angeles.


 
She continues, “I am enjoying the strong contrast between the songs I wrote and recorded in California and the videos I am making for them in Virginia. It offers something unexpected.” In this installment, starry-eyed fantasy is cut with dull reality and a touch of the otherworldly.  It is at once dreamy and creepy. The sweetness is skinned by subtle humor as she pokes fun at her own romanticism. 


Lael Neale
“For No One For Now”

Single Artwork


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, OCT 21, 2020 at 6:58 AM

We signed Lael Neale! Now watch official video for her new single “Every Star Shivers in the Dark”

Sub Pop has signed musician Lael Neale [pron. l-ai-l n-EE-l] to release her songs into the world in 2021. In celebration of the announcement, we are pleased to share the video for her first single “Every Star Shivers in the Dark,” which features Lael’s crystalline voice poised above a drum machine and hypnotic church organ, with production by Guy Blakeslee and mastering by Chris Coady.
 
Lael says of the song: “This is my ode to Los Angeles, which always felt to me like the outskirts of Eden. I would walk a lot in the city, go from Dodgers Stadium into Downtown - along Alameda. Up in the hills, I’d look out at the vast sprawl and feel daunted. But Los Angeles is not as it appears. Even in moments of isolation, I have looked for communion with strangers and, almost always, found it. These were the scenes and feelings swirling around when I was challenging myself to write a song using only two chords.”
 
“In directing the video, I was aiming to reflect both the light and the shade I experienced in the city at the time I was writing the song. It was a nod to some of my favorite 60s films that marry the bright with the heavy, dark humor with dispassion.”

[Photo Credit: Jacob Boll]
 
Lael grew up on a farm in Virginia among acres of clouds, fields, and woods. It was writing and writers close to nature - Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Steinbeck, and Mary Oliver - that she most connected with. In 2009, she moved to California with a rising devotion to music. 
 
She continues, “As songs began to emerge, I spent years honing my writing, enjoying the solitude and the internal process.  Performing frightened me, but I took it as an opportunity to face fear and put an end to its rule over other areas of my life.”
 
In early 2019, in the midst of a major transition, Lael discovered the Omnichord and in the span of 3 months wrote a torrent of songs, including “Every Star Shivers in the Dark.” She offers this: “In a liminal space between ending and beginning, I started recording these songs. Guy, who had been an advocate for years facilitated the process. He set up the 4-track in my bedroom and provided empathic guidance, subtle but deep accompaniment, and engineering prowess. Normally I’m a morning person, however, I made most of the recordings in the early darkening evening.”


Lael Neale
”Every Star Shivers in the Dark”

Single Artwork (Photo credit: Jessa Hill)



Posted by Rachel White