Eve Owen Releases ‘Blue Moon’ – Debut Album ‘Don’t Let The Ink Dry’ Out 8th May

April 1, 2020
Credit – Chris Almeida




Eve Owen has today released her spell-binding new single “Blue Moon”, taken from her upcoming debut album Don’t Let The Ink Dry—produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner—which will be released on 8th May 2020, via 37d03d Records. Don’t Let The Ink Dry is now available for pre-order.

Following recent shows at London’s Camden Assembly, Sebright Arms and Servant Jazz Quarters, as well as supporting Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe on his UK tour, Eve has also announced a run of support shows with The National. These include two sold-out nights at London’s Brixton Academy on 1st and 2nd of June, as well as shows in Belfast, Limerick and Cork. Full details below

Eve had to say on ‘Blue Moon’:

“Blue Moon is about unrequited love, but not the hurtful kind. It’s when you love someone so dearly that even if they turn out to be just a friend, you’re grateful. It’s just about being endeared by someone’s mere existence, nothing more nothing less. I was sat in this feeling of admiration and I think when you take it upon yourself to truly accept unrequited love and still keep it, is when you’re finally becoming stronger again. It was the first time I ever sang with electric guitar as opposed to acoustic, and I think Aaron captured that curiosity and excitement of mine really delicately. We wanted to capture some sort of Stevie Nicks atmosphere where I was vocally more free and spontaneous”

From Hannah Owen, who directed the visuals…

“We wanted to scrapbook together moments from Eve’s life, to look at what her journey has been so far. I think that in a way, Eve’s music is about conversation, it’s her way of talking to herself. And in this video we wanted to push that idea further. What would it look like if Eve was dancing with her younger self? What would it look like if they were communicating with each other? ‘Blue Moon’ has a really raw and soulful sound. I just followed the simplicity and the power of the song, and experimented with how to echo that in the visuals.”

Subtle yet heart-wrenching, “Blue Moon” follows on from Eve’s debut singles, “So Still For You” and “She Says”, all taken from her upcoming debut LP.  Don’t Let the Ink Dry is a work of raw sensitivity and uncontained imagination, brought to life over the course of three transformative years. During that time, the 20-year-old Owen spent her summer holidays writing and recording in New York with Dessner, immersing herself in a creative exploration that provided welcome refuge from her sometimes-troubled school life. As she discovered an entirely new sense of freedom and belonging, Owen devised a sonic language all her own: frenetic yet delicate, mercurial yet nuanced enough to capture the most ephemeral of feelings.

Produced by Dessner at Long Pond Studio (a converted barn and old farmhouse deep in the Hudson Valley), Don’t Let the Ink Dry finds Owen embracing her affinity for folk music while pursuing the endless possibilities in electronic experimentation. With the help of musicians like multi-instrumentalist Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Perfume Genius) and pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman, who’s played with David Byrne, St. Vincent, and Father John Misty, among others), she and Dessner arrived at a detailed but deliberately wayward sound. 

Working from an abundant batch of songs Owen had sketched over the years, the two collaborators dreamed up their kaleidoscopic sonic palette by espousing an unbridled playfulness—an element evident in such experiments as recording the whir of a washing machine, then using that sample as the foundation for one of the album’s outtakes. “What I enjoyed most was that there were no rules,” says Owen. “I could say or do whatever I wanted without feeling judged, which is the most wonderful feeling when you’re working creatively with someone.” Dessner adds, “We ultimately recorded more than 40 songs over three years, and this first album feels like a collection of them. I enjoyed the process immensely. We felt free to imagine and chase whatever sounds or arrangements inspired us. In the middle of that time, she helped me make a National song called ‘Where Is Her Head,’ which she fearlessly sang lead on. There’s so much Eve is capable of and I’m grateful to know her.” With Owen playing guitar and Omnichord and Dessner handling a variety of instruments (guitars, piano, bass, synths), that lack of restraint imbues Don’t Let The Ink Dry with a thrilling volatility. 

Don’t Let The Ink Dry track list:

1. Tudor

2. Lover Not Today

3. Mother

4. After The Love

5. For Redemption

6. Bluebird

7. She Says

8. I Used To Dream in Color

9. So Still For You

10. Blue Moon

11. 29 Daisy Sweetheart

12. A Lone Swan

Eve Owen tour dates:

2nd May – Leeds, UK @ Live at Leeds

22nd May – Manchester, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival

23rd May – Bristol, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival

24th May – Nottingham, UK @ Dot To Dot Festival

1st June – London, UK @ Brixton Academy (with The National) – SOLD OUT

2nd June – London, UK @ Brixton Academy (with The National) – SOLD OUT

6th June – Belfast, UK @ Botanic Gardens

7th June – Limerick, IE @ The Docklands Festival

8th June – Cork, IE @ Live at the Marquee

12th June – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival

3rd July – Vilanova i la Geltru, ESP @ Vida Festival

25th July – Topcliffe, UK @ Deer Shed Festival

6th August – Haldern, Germany @ Haldern Pop Festival

7th August – Hamburg, Germany @ Sommer In Altona

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