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Charlotte Cornfield Shares New Single & Video “Partner In Crime” – New Album “Highs in the Minuses” out October 29th via Polyvinyl/Double Double Whammy

September 10, 2021
Credit: Angela Lewis





Toronto, ON’s Charlotte Cornfield shares new single ‘Partner In Crime’ alongside its video, which is lovingly inspired by Wes Anderson’s 1996 film debut, Bottle Rocket. “In the Partner in Crime music video, Charlotte is reunited with an old friend, and the pair embark on a mission to get the old band back together,” explains Joe Cornfield, the video’s director and Charlotte’s brother.

“In an homage to Bottle Rocket, Charlotte and her band don yellow jumpsuits and take off in a VW bus to execute a daring musical ‘heist.’” Charlotte adds, “My brother and I grew up watching Wes Anderson movies. They were a huge part of our childhood and adolescence, and I feel like they’ve seeped into our DNA at this point — the colours, the outfits, the humour. When I sent Joe this song and he came back with this idea, it was a no-brainer that we’d do it. He made it all happen: the van, the jumpsuits, the whole thing. Tara Kannangara, Steven Foster and Sam Gleason came with us on the journey and fully embraced the concept.”

The marching beat opens up the ensemble and adds this essential journey into the movement. Charlotte Cornfield’s impressive vocal notes emerge and captivate the audience whilst showcasing this sublime range and oozing energy and characther. Charlotte’s intimate vocal harmonies and insightful lyrics bring such intensity into this ensemble, the ultimate hook. The guitar chugs and assists with the intensity, sweeping across before the explosive tone finds its expressive path within the creation.

Partner In Crime is the second single from Cornfield’s new album Highs in the Minuses, out October 29th, 2021, via Polyvinyl/Double Double Whammy (the labels’ first-ever co-release). The track follows Headlinesa driving song with an earworm chorus that belies the anxiety permeating its lyrics, which earned praise from Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, and The Alternative (“…a catchy chorus that captures the chaotic effect modern life has on so many of our minds”), among others. Highs in the Minuses is now available for pre-order.

Though the songs of Highs in the Minuses are highly personal, Cornfield wanted their sonic quality to convey the communal, aleatoric energy of live performance. With this in mind, she and the band allowed their psychic connection to convey the emotional interconnectedness that comes with stories of heartbreak, self-discovery, and new love. Cornfield (guitar, piano, vocals), bassist Alexandra Levy (Ada Lea) and drummer Liam O’Neill (Suuns) convened in Montreal at the studio of Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen), whom Cornfield had originally met through a musician’s residency he founded at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. In just five days, with minimal takes and overdubs—and with contributions from guitarist Sam Gleason (Tim Baker) and Stars singer Amy Millan—they set Cornfield’s vivid mini-memoirs to an earthen folk-rock symphony. 

Throughout Highs in the Minuses, it’s tempting to think of Cornfield as a narrator, given the autobiographical nature of many of the songs, but this framing discounts her deep consideration of the listener. She’s not broadcasting absolute truths but rather inviting us to feel alongside her, to acknowledge the raw, shambolic commonality found in individual experiences. Like David Berman and John Prine, Cornfield’s lyrics ring with precision — a rhythmic, poetic clarity that may devastate the heart or tickle the ribs in a simple turn of phrase. 

Charlotte Cornfield tour dates:

11/18 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
11/22 – Washington, DC @ Pie Shop #
11/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right #
11/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA #
# w/ 2nd Grade & The Glow

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