Gemma Laurence has shared a stunning new folk single, “Adrienne.”
The intimate new single is a bittersweet love song inspired by Adrienne Rich’s Twenty-One Love Poems. “Adrienne” serves as Gemma Laurence’s first release in two years, and it’s the first song where she’s opened up about her queerness.
“‘Adrienne’ is this bittersweet love song looking back on somebody from years past and just wondering what they’re up to and how they’re doing,” Gemma Laurence explains. “I actually think back fondly on people from my past a lot — it’s crazy how people can come into our lives for such a short period of time but have such a profound impact on us. We often measure how significant a relationship is based on the duration of the relationship, but some of my most significant interactions with humans have been brief. This is a song about that. It’s my first release in which I’ve opened up about my queerness, so I’m really excited to get it out in the world.”
Listen to “Adrienne” below.
“It was a pleasure getting to work with so many incredible humans on this track: Charlie Dahlke (production, mixing, engineering, vocals), Jess Kerber (vocals), Will Orchard (guitar), Matt Phillips (pedal steel, electric guitar), Andrew Goldring (mastering).”
“Adrienne” is the first release in a forthcoming collection of eight songs. It’s a tender picture of a past lover, as Gemma Laurence channels a vulnerable, tender sound.
Laurence wrote the track while “watching the seasons change from her window on the coast of Maine,” according to a release. With lush acoustic instrumentals and honest, vulnerable storytelling, this tune truly lets you into Laurence’s universe.
Lead photo courtesy of the artist.