Juanita Stein will release her debut solo album, America, on Handwritten Records on July 28, 2017. Stein, who is already known as the singer / songwriter with Australian rock band Howling Bells, recorded the album with producer Gus Seyffert (Beck, Ryan Adams) in Los Angeles. Following recent tours with Michael Kiwanuka and Richard Hawley, Stein will follow a North American tour in May with UK dates over the summer including with Tom Petty in Hyde Park and at Cambridge Folk Festival.
The first single from the album, Dark Horse, is out now and available on Spotify here and Apple Music here.
America is also available for pre-order now; click HERE to pre-order it.
Says Stein of the album: “This record is an ode to the dark heart of America. Of times gone and times to come. Dusty trails, a whimsical 50s suburbia and the haze of the 1960s. I’ve forever idealized American life – growing up in Australia we were fed the American dream through film and television. The dichotomy between what was real and a dream is forever intriguing to me. The music of Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Lee and Nancy and Patsy Cline all informed my musical sensibilities. They opened up this wide screen universe for me.”
An evocative and beautiful record, Stein’s honeyed voice weaves stories of heartbreak and optimism, from the unmistakably Western-influenced “Dark Horse,” to the moody love song, “I’ll Cry.” “Florence” is inspired by a real-life photograph by Dorothea Langue, taken during the Great Depression, of the eponymous Florence Owens Thompson, a tale of a struggle for themselves and their children that’s as relevant to women of the world today as it ever was. The songs on the LP tell tales of characters real and imagined, Stein’s own experiences woven amongst them.
Juanita Stein grew up in Sydney with her parents and twin brothers. Her first studio recording was aged five, singing on a song of her father’s, and Peter Stein in fact wrote one of the songs on the album, the country music-drenched “Cold Comfort” (read Juanita talking about Peter on the brilliant My Old Man blog here).
Stein formed Howling Bells with her brother, Joel, and friends when they moved to London together in 2004. Four acclaimed albums followed, along with headline tours and festival shows around the world, and huge support dates including several U.S. tours with Coldplay and The Killers. A break from Howling Bells around the arrival of her first child saw the first shoots of her solo work start to emerge, and now we find ourselves here. America, an unpredictable place, forever bound up in a uniquely widescreen hope and romance.
Someone Else’s Dime
It’s All Wrong
UK Tour Dates – July 2017
Fri 7th July Bluedot, Jodrell Bank (headlining 2nd stage)
Sun 9th July Tom Petty, Hyde Park
Sun 23rd July Deer Shed Festival, Yorkshire
Sat 29th July Cambridge Folk Festival