Liz Phair has announced her first new album in eleven years, Soberish, which is set for release on June 4th via Chrysalis Records. As part of the announcement, she’s shared the album’s opening track, “Spanish Doors.”
The new tune is “about the fracturing of a beautiful life, when everything you counted on is suddenly thrown up for grabs,” Phair explains. “I drew inspiration from a friend who was going through a divorce, but the actions in the lyrics are my own. I relate to hiding out in the bathroom when everyone around you is having a good time but your life just fell apart. You look at yourself in the mirror and wonder who you are now, shadows of doubt creeping into your eyes. Just a few moments ago you were a whole, confident person and now you wonder how you’ll ever get the magic back.”
“Spanish Doors” sees Phair embracing these themes, as she delivers captivating vocals, singing lines like, “Pushing past the table, spilling my drink/ Locked up in the bathroom staring at the sink/ I don’t want to see anybody I know/ I don’t want to be anywhere you and I used to go.” With cyclical background vocals, a gritty guitar line and dark instrumentals, you’re sure to find yourself coming back to this song again and again.
Listen to “Spanish Doors” below.
Soberish is set to see Phair exploring a new sound, taking the sonic landscapes of her past and synthesizing them into something new.
“I found my inspiration for Soberish by delving into an early era of my music development, my art school years spent listening to Art Rock and New Wave music non-stop on my Walkman,” Phair explains. “The English Beat, The Specials, Madness, R.E.M.s Automatic for the People, Yazoo, The Psychedelic Furs, Talking Heads, Velvet Underground, Laurie Anderson, and the Cars. The city came alive for me as a young person, the bands in my headphones lending me the courage to explore.”
Check out the tracklist for Soberish below.
01 – “Spanish Doors”
02 – “The Game”
03 – “Hey Lou”
04 – “In There”
05 – “Good Side”
06 – “Sheridan Side”
07 – “Ba Ba Ba”
08 – “Soberish”
09 – “Soul Sucker”
10 – “Lonely Street”
11 – “Dosage”
12 – “Bad Kitty”
13 – “Rain Scene”
Lead photo courtesy of Eszter+David.