Erika Spring will release Scars, her sophomore EP and first solo material in 6+ years, next month via Cascine. Following the gorgeous and heartbreaking title track “Scars,” Erika shares the second single “Less” today. “Who’s stopping you from making up the rest of it?” sings Spring in “Less.” “This song is a play on words, asking the listener to adjust their fixed view of the universe. It’s also our love letter to the slightly out of tune Korg Polysix + Homer’s minimal, hypnotic drums.” Listen to it now via Gorilla vs. Bear HERE.
Cascine will be hosting a Label Night show at Elsewhere in Brooklyn on October 4, featuring performances by Erika Spring, Yumi Zouma, Half Waif and Maria Usbeck. Get your tickets HERE.
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, out October 5th, HERE.
Erika’s musical journey began as an art-school multimedia project, leading her to a love of the keyboard that would sustain and inform her career. That passion was the foundation of Au Revoir Simone, which she helped form in 2003. Based in New York, Erika lived a complete musical life within the world of Au Revoir Simone, with a tenure that spanned four albums over the course of a decade. In 2012, Erika took the opportunity to explore her own musical output, releasing a self-titled EP. Produced by friend Jorge Elbrecht, the sun-bleached songs of her solo debut were received warmly by critics and fans — Pitchfork, for one, wrote that the EP “dances gracefully on the edges of past and present, of waking life and dreams.”
As the first single and EP title track 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.”