Erika Spring released her solo debut EP in 2012 to critical acclaim, and today – six years later – she announces her breathtaking sophomore EP entitled Scars, out October 5 on Cascine. Recent years have seen Erika reunite with her fellow bandmates from synth-pop trio Au Revoir Simone to record a new album and appear on David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and join forces with Jenny Lewis and Tennessee Thomas under the name Nice As Fuck, releasing an album together and touring North America. Now Erika returns with her trademark brand of introspective pop for Scars, an EP that was co-written with music partner Homer Steinweiss (drummer for The Dap-Kings, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, producer for Monika, Paul Spring, Diane Birch, Holy Hive) and chronicles Erika’s challenging journey towards motherhood. See below for artwork and tracklisting, and pre-order Scars HERE.
As the first single and EP title track out today suggests, there’s something bittersweet at play across Scars; hardship might have passed, but the vestiges remain. “We wrote the track ‘Scars’ around the time that I had an early miscarriage. The song came together so naturally at the piano, and the words just spilled out,” Erika explains. “The lyrics address that experience of loss, but I don’t think I realized it at the time. There was just a general intensity to life which hasn’t slowed down since having my son in November of 2016 — so trying to keep moving while hanging on to some hopefulness is part of the spirit of this song, too.”
The confessional compositions on Scars are meticulously constructed and wrapped in a serene haze, creating a dreamlike atmosphere that’s warm, yet wistful. Erika explains it best when she says, “These songs are about listening with all the senses — skin brushing someone else’s skin, listening with memory, seeing the lenses we see through, slipping into something, embracing the invisible and unseen forces at play.”
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