Portland musician Laura Gibson is releasing her fifth studio album, Goners, on Oct. 26 via Barsuk. The album revolves around grief “and the intimacy of shared loss,” according to Gibson. Our Song of the Day, “Tenderness,” is the album’s intimate lead single.
"'Tenderness' reflects on the ways we project pain, lash out, or become cracked open by the immediacy of another person," Gibson says of the song. "The act of holding each others' trauma and grief, is both miraculous and messy. When we're young, we adopt certain strategies for seeking and receiving tenderness. Much of adulthood is spent dismantling those strategies, and drawing new ones. I wanted to write about that dismantlement.”
Goners follows 2016’s Empire Builder. During her time in between the two albums, Gibson completed an MFA in writing at Hunter College. Catch Laura Gibson at St. Mark’s Cathedral on Saturday, Nov. 3. Watch the snowy lyric video for “Tenderness” below.
Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters is "Us" by NAVVI, from the 2018 album Ultra on Hush Hush.
Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters is "Darkhorse" by Emma Ruth Rundle, from the 2018 album On Dark Horses on Sargent House.
Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters is "Bubble Bath" by Muncie Girls, from the 2018 album Fixed Ideals on Buzz Records.