Joel Plaskett Details New Album ‘Park Avenue Sobriety Test’ + Shares Single

Listen to the title track off Joel Plaskett's upcoming album

Canadian singer/songwriter Joel Plaskett will release his upcoming album, Park Avenue Sobriety Test, on March 17 through Pheromone Recordings and has shared the title track. The album will be the multi award-winner’s ninth record, and marks his follow-up to 2012’s Scrappy Happiness.

Discussing his album, Plaskett says:

The album is about a 39-year old wrestling with his place on earth and society, navigating it. It sounds banal, and it kind of is, but it’s important to me. And maybe if you’re at the same point in your life that I am, it will make sense. As you get more experiences as an adult, you start notching up the lost friends, and the missed opportunities, and the way things could or couldn’t have gone. You can choose to crumble or retreat, temporarily or permanently. Or you power through it and look for the joy. I think I try to strike the balance of the two perspectives here, I really can feel both of those at certain times, and even the same time.

Take a listen to “Park Avenue Sobriety Test” below:

Plaskett also produced the upcoming album from his studio at New Scotland Yard in Dartmouth.

I’m really proud of the work we did in the studio. When I listen to the songs, I hear a lot of joy in the playing because so much of it was cut live. So there’s this life that I hear that goes a bit deeper than my other records. I still feel like I’m trying to make music that’s vital, and ideally better than things I’ve done in the past. I’m still fighting for that. I’m learning as I go as a producer, how to make things sounds better.

The album will also be accompanied by an upcoming coast-to-coast Canadian tour, which will hit Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on May 22. See the tour dates below:

April 28 – Miramichi, NB- Carrefour Beausoleil
April 29 – Saint John, NB- Imperial Theatre
April 30 – Charlottetown, PE- Confederation Centre for the Arts
May 7 – Victoria, BC- Alix Goolden Performance Hall
May 9 – Edmonton, AB- Union Hall
May 10 – Lethbridge, AB- University of Lethbridge, University Theatre
May 11 – Medicine Hat, AB- Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
May 14 – Saskatoon, SK- Broadway Theatre
May 15 – Regina, SK- University of Regina, The Darke Hall
May 16 – Winnipeg, MB- West End Cultural Centre
May 19 – Waterford, ON- The Old Town Hall
May 20 – Kitchener, ON- Center In The Square
May 22 – Toronto, ON- Danforth Music Hall
May 26 – Parry Sound, ON- The Stockey Centre
May 27 – St. Thomas, ON – Elgin Theatre
May 28 – Montreal, QC- The Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
May 30 – Moncton, NB- Tide & Boar Ballroom
June 4 – Halifax, NS- Rebecca Cohn Auditorium