Today we are pleased to join forces with Carrie Clark & The Ionesome Lovers for the premiere of her new single “Trapeze,” a song about the internal and external judgments of Motherhood and includes the lyric that became this album’s title, Split at the Seams.
Northwest native vocalist and songwriter Carrie Clark and her band The Lonesome Lovers draw from the broad palettes of Americana, folk, and rock to craft their own distinct flavor of modern pop honkey-tonk. On their new LP Split At The Seams, their years of creative collaboration shine through as a warm, in-the-pocket confidence. On first listen you know these are folks who play together as one, ebbing and flowing together. Much like the Salish Sea which they call home, Split At The Seams is expansive, just a touch rugged, and undeniably beautiful.
Then, as so often happens, life decided it had different plans for Clark and her band. They became parents, and watched their children grow. They lost fathers, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, uncles, and dear friends. Written by Clark at home over the last five years, Split At The Seams is laced through with reflections on motherhood. After the birth of her son, Clark found herself spending more time as Momma instead of Musician. “You use so much creativity being a parent” explains Clark. “I had a really hard time tapping back into my songwriting, so it took me a few years for this round of songs to build up and start to find their way. I think that is why lyrically they ended up being so personal.”
A mosaic of the whirlwind reality we’ve all be living through these last few years, the record touches on topics at once personal and broadly universal, from the internal and external judgements that come with motherhood, the falling ill and eventual passing of loved ones, the eternal struggle against institutionalized misogyny, and the deep ache of yearning for a sense of home. “This is the most intimate and personal music I’ve ever written” says Clark. “It felt as though our built-up emotions of love, loss, grief, and joy were unleashed and captured in the recording of these songs.”
Recording in the fall/winter of 2019 at Kingsbury Studios in Seattle and at Jupiter West on Vashon Island, the band managed to complete primary tracking before the pandemic swept across the world. “This album is so spontaneous – we just didn’t have the time to woodshed these songs like we did in the past” says Clark. “It really allowed us to play from our hearts instead of overthinking. I love how raw and rugged and full of emotion it sounds.”
Finished just as the world shut down, and now set for release just as things reopen, Split At The Seams is a sonic time capsule from a world that seems ages ago. “This last year has been intense in so many ways for everyone” says Clark. “All of us will be different because of this experience. I hope this album inspires growing, feeling, living and loving so fully that you just may Split at the Seams.”