Brooklyn-based band TEEN – comprised of sisters Teeny, Lizzie, and Katherine Lieberson – recently announced Good Fruit, its fourth studio album, and the band’s first self-produced record. Today they share its second single. “Runner” is a bursting, beatific, synth-driven track which reflects on fleeing a relationship as a partner wants to become closer. Listen to “Runner” now via Billboard.
Teeny Lieberson tells Billboard the following about “Runner”:
“In relationships, I have a fear of suffocation, a fear of losing freedom, and of anyone squashing my desires, my narrative. Mainly because it’s happened.
With ‘Runner,’ I wanted to explore a feeling: what makes someone seemingly difficult? Particularly women? Rarely have I had the experience where my partner is OK with my complexities; my intensity, my warmth, my ambition, generosity or lack thereof. The fact that I unabashedly will not be contained. Instead my experience, especially in relationships with men, has been this: it is far more comfortable to keep me as a projection of what they want, rather than interact with who I really am. When I begin to feel this, and it’s often when a dude is asking me to be his girlfriend, and comply with his systems of habit, I run.
This isn’t about a phobia of commitment. It is about looking at commitment differently and having the right to challenge what is being asked of one another.”
Good Fruit is a remarkable and bold statement on moving forward and letting go of the past. If TEEN’s 2016 album Love Yes was a bursting, harmony-infused synthpop thesis on embracing love, then its follow-up, the even more joyous and melodic Good Fruit, is its opposite, a look at what happens after love fades. “A lot of what ties Good Fruit in…is forging new paths for ourselves and letting go of old ways of doing things,” Teeny says. Rooted in challenging themes, Good Fruit touches on a wide array of tough topics – “Radar” is a Lizzie-penned ballad that explores a previously unmentioned formative trauma, “Putney” is a slinky, bassy bop that deals with how projected ideals and personal fantasy play into sex and misogyny, “Only Water,” is a glistening and deceptively upbeat number about death and the loss of a loved one, while the ballad “Pretend” recounts the disappointment of realizing a partner isn’t all you’ve built them up to be. As on all prior TEEN releases, there are frequent meditations on death, capitalism, and womanhood across Good Fruit. But the Lieberson sisters have, with their fourth album, crafted a dynamic, hook-stuffed take on the oft-trodden breakup album. When love fades, TEEN soars. Pre-order the album, out March 1st on lifelong label Carpark, HERE.
TEEN will be on tour with 4AD’s Methyl Ethel this year, as well making appearances atSXSW in Austin, TX. See below to find a show near you, get your tickets HERE and stay tuned for more dates coming soon.