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Becca Mancari Shares New Single “Homesick Honeybee” – New LP “Left Handout” out August 25th 2023 via Captured Tracks 

July 27, 2023
Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

BECCA MANCARI 

SHARES NEW SINGLE “HOMESICK HONEYBEE”

Self-produced new LP Left Hand out August 25 2023 via Captured Tracks 

Puerto Rican-Italian Nashville-based musician Becca Mancari (they/them) recently announced their third album, Left Hand, due out this August 25th via Captured Tracks. Mancari has already shared two previews of the record to critical acclaim, including lead single and queer joy anthem “Over and Over” featuring Julien Baker, and the more guitar-forward “Don’t Even Worry,” written, produced and performed with Brittany Howard. 

Mancari shares another taste of Left Hand with “Homesick Honeybee,” a tender ode to their grandfather, whose voicemail opens the track and who was the first member of their family to wholly accept Mancari’s queerness. Becca shares more about the song and their relationship with their grandfather below:

“Homesick Honeybee” came from a technique I practised during the making of ‘Left Hand’: Whenever I felt stuck in my writing process, I would pull out my 1980s Webster dictionary and scan through sections at a time. One day, I landed on the H’s, and both “homesick” and “honeybee” were words that lingered with me. I wondered; Could a bee actually be homesick? So, I did some reading and learned how a bee cannot survive for very long when it’s separated from its hive. Even if it finds another hive, the bees will not accept them into their colony because they smell different than the rest of them. 

In some ways, this song is about my own homesickness; trying to find a place to call my home. The beginning of the song starts with a voicemail from my 93-year-old grandpa who was the first elder in my family to accept me unconditionally as a queer person. One time when he was visiting my parents, he quite literally asked me to “sneak” him out of their house in order to finally meet my partner of many years. In his words, “God is love and there is nothing that could separate him from me.” I think for years I starved my heart from love, for fear of being hurt again and again. But with one perfect act of love from my grandfather I learned how to build a home of my own, and to trust and love myself enough to let my broken heart finally start to mend.

Listen to the new single now and watch the visualiser, shot by Becca in the same cave where the album cover image was taken, below.

You can feel the emotion in the soundbite, the real voice message clearly demonstrates love and the audience can embrace that too. Then Becca progresses this arrangement through the raw and volatile lyrical journey, an affectionate destination that exudes this fearless approach by allowing such sensitivity to soar through the complex yet melodious movement.

Becca Mancari recently announced a support tour in the US with Joy Oladokun, and a handful of headline dates. Today they announce additional Autumn US headline shows. These upcoming dates include shows in NYC at Baby’s All Right on 28/9, Los Angeles at The Echo on 9/11, a hometown show in Nashville on 6/10 at Blue Room/Third Man Records, plus gigs in Washington DC, Philly, Boston, Toronto, and much more. Tickets are on sale Friday July 28 at 10am local time.

Mancari made their most recent live appearances with Hayley Williams of Paramore, joining her onstage at a recent Madison Square Garden show, as well as performing with her at Love Rising, Nashville’s all-star LGBTQ+ benefit, also featuring Sheryl Crow, Maren Morris, Jason Isbell, Allison Russell, Brittany Howard and more. See below for the tour routing, and get your tickets HERE.

Following the release of their last record, Mancari was in despair, despite the undeniable success of The Greatest Part. Illness in their family, coupled with a disheartening studio session with a producer, led Mancari to begin the hard work of taking ownership of their existence by mending broken relationships and investing in their mental health. “I didn’t realise it then, but looking back, I was a passenger in my own life,” Mancari says. The transformative period of self-reckoning was the catalyst that ultimately steered Mancari to write and produce their triumphant new album, Left Hand

Throughout the album’s twelve tracks, Mancari asserts a radical self-acceptance. Left Hand is named for the Mancari family crest from the Italian region of Calabria in which a left hand holds a dagger aloft. After a lifetime spent feeling like they didn’t belong, Mancari unlocked a perfect metaphor in the crest: “In many cultures children born with a dominant left hand were taught not to use that hand, and were told that using the right hand was ‘normal’ and ‘correct.’ Similarly, queer children are often times told that it’s not ‘normal’ for them to love who they love and that they need to ‘change.’” 

Left Hand came out of a dark period in Mancari’s life, yet the joyous, self-produced album is anything but. Wide-open and welcoming, the music beckons all listeners, encouraging community among strangers. To that end, Mancari surrounded themself with some friends and long-time collaborators for the making of Left Hand. The album was largely co-produced with Juan Solorzano, who has played on all of Mancari’s records, and was mixed by Carlos de la Garza, the producer of Paramore’s last record. Daniel Tashian (Kacey Musgraves, Demi Lovato) also co-wrote and co-produced one track. The album also features trusted friends like Brittany Howard, who Mancari plays with in Bermuda Triangle, as well as Julien Baker and Paramore’s Zac Farro.

Becca Mancari US Live Dates

(mm/dd)

09/10 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall*

09/12 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman*

09/13 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall*

09/14 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall*

09/19 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel*

09/20 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*

09/22 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground*

09/23 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater*

09/24 – Washington, DC – The Howard*

9/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry

9/27 – Boston, MA @ Deep Cuts

9/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

9/30 – Montreal, QUE @ Pop Montreal

10/1 – Toronto, ONT @ The Drake Hotel

10/2 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe

10/3 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe

10/6 – Nashville, TN @ Blue Room at Third Man Records

10/26 – Louisville, KY @ Whirling Tiger

10/28 – Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel 

10/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse

11/1 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

11/2 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux 

11/4 –  Seattle, WA @ Barboza

11/5 – Portland, OR @ Mission Theater

11/7 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord

11/9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

11/11 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

11/12 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

11/13 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress

11/15 – Austin, TX @ Ballroom at Spider House 

11/16 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

11/17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada 

*supporting Joy Oladokun

Pre-order Left Hand now

Tracklist

01. Don’t Even Worry (ft. Brittany Howard)
02. Homesick Honeybee
03. Over And Over
04. Don’t Close Your Eyes
05. Mexican Queen
06. Left Hand
07. It’s Too Late
08. Eternity
09. I Had A Dream
10. I Needed You
11. You Don’t Scare Me
12. To Love The Earth

https://www.beccamancari.com/

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