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Tender Central Shares New Single ‘Ashes’ ft. Matthew & The Atlas

November 8, 2020

Tender Central Shares New Single ‘Ashes’
ft. Matthew & The Atlas

Debut album ‘THE GARDEN’ announced on 
Hello Friendly Recordings, out Jan 22nd

Tender Central is the electronic pop project of Devon born, classically trained cellist India Bourne. Now, Tender Central has shared brand new single ‘Ashes’ alongside the announcement of her long-awaited debut album ‘The Garden’, which is set for release on Jan 22nd via Hello Friendly Recordings

Weaving infectious hooks and ornate piano inflections with classical influences, India manages to keep things refreshingly modern. With Tender Central, she lends her delicate ear for musical arrangement to the realm of electronica and folk, resulting in productions that evoke the sounds of her ethereal electronic forebearers Massive AttackLamb and Zero 7, and the unmistakable vocal similarities to legends such as Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell.

Tender Central · Ashes (feat. Matthew And The Atlas)

The perfect collaboration- the deep brooding baritone vocals of Matthew And The Atlas which immediately stops you in your tracks. Then this delicate and entrancing vocal harmony from Tender Central joins the exploration and the contrasting yet complimenting soulful singing just works. With the marching instrumentation and the honest lyrics, Tender Central has crafted this unique composition which exudes an essence of change, it feels like a political march you have to attend. The composition heightens your senses and provides a standout consuming atmosphere. Embracing the arrangement feels like a profound moment as a listener.

Having spent a large portion of her adult years touring as a core member of childhood friend Ben Howard’s band as well as a member of supergroup A Blaze Of Feather, the notion of feeling at ‘home’ had become somewhat foreign to India Bourne. Living such a transient life had left her feeling more than a little unsettled and not only in the physical sense. The songs on ‘The Garden’, created in collaboration with esteemed producer Jakwob, cover a range of subjects, from the aforementioned struggle to feel at home whilst living on the road, womanhood and family crisis to learning to accept and love ourselves and our bodies. 

“Underneath all of it I see my journey from anxiety to peace, from hardship to kindness and compassion, from discomfort to understanding and resting in the unknown” explains India. The album title, and song of the same name, comes from the peace she found whilst digging the small patch of earth outside her old London flat. “Digging in the earth is where I find immense peace and stability. It grounds me. It was a revelation in a time I felt so lost” she says. “I found peace in the outdoors and I finally slowed down to appreciate it all. In that space I was also able to realise that peace is always there but that it’s ‘hard to learn’, it requires practice and time. A life’s work perhaps.”

New single ‘Ashes’, a sparse yet rousing duet with Matthew Hegarty of Matthew and The Atlas, is based on a quote from Clarissa Pinkola Estes‘ book Women Who Run With The Wolves’. The quote reads;
“Deep in the wintry parts of our minds, we know that there is no such thing as a work-free transformation. We know that we will have to burn to the ground in one way or another, and then sit right in the ashes of who we once thought we were and go on from there”.

Whilst reading this segment of the book, India was stopped in her tracks. “I was experiencing big change in my life during the time of writing and life felt unsettling. Often in these times I want to control everything and make sure that any step forward is done ‘perfectly’ but I know really, that perfection doesn’t exist” explains India. Reading this quote, it became clear that the hardest but most important thing to do would be to sit in the discomfort of change and see what it had to bring; to find her ‘home’ and to embrace life’s imperfections rather than resist or resent them. “I realised by letting go of who we feel we ‘should’ be rather than who we are, is a much better way of living and allows for more space, creativity and joy to come in”.

‘Ashes’ is available to stream and download now. Debut album ‘The Garden’ is due out January 22nd via Hello Friendly Recordings.

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