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“WHERE THEY PERFORM MIRACLES”
BANDCAMP ALBUM-PREVIEW LIVE PERFORMANCE
DUE FEBRUARY 12, 2021
VIA CYHSY / SECRETLY DISTRIBUTION
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are excited to share “Where They Perform Miracles” from their anticipated new album New Fragility due February 12, 2021 (new release date) via CYHSY / Secretly Distribution).
“Where They Perform Miracles” is a truly remarkable composition, the haunting vocal harmonies connect to the audience and consume them. This immersive arrangement is a moving track that conveys such a gentle beauty within its notes. The track harnesses this delicate intimacy that resonates throughout.
The song showcases the intimate, affecting songwriting that Alec Ounsworth has always excelled at, a talent that’s been at the heart of his music since his acclaimed debut album. It follows the release of double A-side “Hesitating Nation” / “Thousand Oaks” earlier last year.
New Fragility is now available for pre-order, including limited-edition vinyl pressings — more info can be found HERE.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Alec Ounsworth will also be live-streaming a solo performance via Bandcamp Live, the platform’s new ticketed live concert streaming program, on January 29, 2021 at 8pm EST. The stripped-down performance will feature many of the songs on New Fragility for the first time in public, plus some full-catalogue classics. Purchase tickets HERE.
Never doubt the effect that alternative healing can have on a mind desperate to believe. It’s powerful stuff. “Most of these rituals are meant to wake you up physically and emotionally,” says Ounsworth regarding the subject matter of “Where They Perform Miracles.” “A lot of it seems over the top, but people need that to burn something into their minds.”
Drawing on his own personal experience as an undergraduate studying anthropology, and field trips to shamans in Mexico, Ounsworth considered the idea of using alternative methods of healing to fix a broken relationship. To return to “a place of comfort”, as he puts it. And so, over delicate, poignant acoustic guitar and mournful organ he mulls over ways to put things right. “Take my hand again”. pleads Ounsworth, “I want to be the one who got to know you when you gave it all away, you had nothing left”. Talk of burnout, and how “love is the answer / To the questions we should have asked” lays bare the sorrow; a judiciously placed harmonica solo is shatteringly sad.
“Where They Perform Miracles” is yet another wondrous, heartfelt song, and a testament to Ounsworth’s enduring talent as a composer and songwriter.
What are we to make of the world? In many ways, the title New Fragility perfectly sums up our collective state of unease and anxiety, but it’s particularly apt for singer-songwriter Alec Ounsworth, and the trauma he’s spent the best part of three years processing. “It’s pretty personal,” says Ounsworth. “It’s about what I think we’re all experiencing at the moment, certainly here in the United States anyway – trying to move forward amidst an almost cruel uncertainty.”
Taken from the David Foster Wallace short story “Forever Overheard,” from the collection Brief Interviews With Hideous Men – “You have grown into a new fragility,” says the story’s adolescent narrator – the title track documents what happens directly after a long relationship comes to an end, and what’s discovered soon after. “There comes a period of making up for lost time in a changed world,” says Ounsworth, “and now is a time of predictable stupidity.”
New Fragility finds Ounsworth asking the questions that haunt us all. Depression, divorce, getting older, and confronting the past are all raked over, as are the early years of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and the pernicious influence of fame. And with such heartfelt lyrics married to his unique, eclectic music and distinctive voice, it’s another classic entry in the career of one of independent music’s brightest, and most durable, artists.
Together with his keen ear for melody and his unique, eclectic approach to composition – witness the gentle acoustic picking of “Where They Perform Miracles,” the spacious strings and woozy synths of “CYHSY, 2005,” or the rambling, slowed down bar-room blues of album closer “If I Were More Like Jesus” – New Fragility is the sound of an artist completely at ease in his work, and unafraid to confront the difficult questions that haunt us all.
New Fragility will be released on CYHSY/Secretly Distribution. The album was produced by Alec Ounsworth, with additional production from Will Johnson, recorded by Britton Beisenherz in Austin, TX and mixed by John Agnello in New Jersey, mastered by Greg Calbi.
A European tour has been announced for Autumn 2021. Dates below:
18th September 2021, Brussels, Belgium – Botanique – Rotonde
19th September 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
21st September 2021, Bristol, UK – Thekla
22nd September 2021, Cambridge, UK – Portland Arms
23rd September 2021, Manchester, UK – YES
24th September 2021, Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
25th September 2021, Liverpool, UK – District
26th September 2021, Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
28th September 2021, London, UK – Scala
29th September 2021, Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
30th September 2021, Clermont-Ferrand, France – La Cooperative de Mai
1st October 2021, Barcelona, Spain – Sala Apolo
2nd October 2021, Madrid, Spain – Independence Club
4th October 2021, Nîmes, France – Paloma
5th October 2021, Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen F
6th October 2021, Milan, Italy – BIKO
7th October 2021, Bologna, Italy – Covo Club
8th October 2021, Neuchâtel, Switzerland – Case a Chocs
10th October 2021, Dresden, Germany – Beatpol
12th October 2021, Berlin, Germany – Frannz Club
13th October 2021, Copenhagen, Denmark – Hotel Cecil
14th October 2021, Hamburg, Germany – Molotow
15th October 2021, Cologne, Germany – Bumann & Sohn