Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan has made a name for herself as one of the most prominent songwriters with one of the most distinct and inimitable voices in the indie rock space over the past decade. The Philadelphia-based musician recently announced her stunning solo debut Likewise last month, sharing its first single “Rare Thing,” and today she returns with a new song. Listen to “Now That I’m Back,” featuring a gorgeous visualizer of Quinlan’s own artwork, HERE.
Frances Quinlan on “Now That I’m Back”:
I find it mystifying that my idea of love has aged and changed right alongside me. I’d always thought of love as something one is given, I didn’t think much about my own capacity for love, for generosity. That’s too bad, but now I understand a little better, I hope. At this point I think love is always there, it exists in the margins, one needs only to access it (though this often requires some struggle and at times some pain).
Compromise is often required for the survival of most relationships. I was thinking about my struggles with compromise for the sake of understanding someone outside myself. It’s a long road, I think this song just portrays the start of it. Love is always around, even as great chunks of time drift from us and we inevitably find ourselves altered and wonder how we got to this place. I frighten myself with thoughts of love disappearing from my life, or of my hardening as a person. I’ve had some odd chapters over the last few years. I think this song came out of one of them.
Quinlan recently announced a headline tour in support of Likewise, and today she announces some tour updates. Mary Lattimore will support her on her headline dates, as well as perform with Quinlan during her sets. Frances has also added a tour date with Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, and she will also perform at SXSW in March 2020. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets HERE.
While Hop Along began as Quinlan’s solo project (originally titled Hop Along, Queen Ansleis), Likewise is Quinlan’s debut under her own name. Recorded with bandmate Joe Reinhart at The Headroom, Likewise sees Quinlan tap into new sounds. “Working with Joe on this made me able to better see that the guitar is just one vehicle… there are so many others to explore,” Quinlan says on this collaboration, which features synthesizers, digital beats, harps, strings, and a wide variety of keyboards. This newfound openness to sonic exploration echoes the sentiments of Likewise, which is a gorgeous rumination about the universal struggles of communication and connection between human beings. Likewise will be released on January 31st via Saddle Creek. The limited edition marbled sky blue and white vinyl with signed screen prints of Frances’ artwork is already sold out, but limited edition emerald smog vinyl and standard black vinyl are still available. Pre-order physically or digitally HERE.