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Pop / Rock 14/07/2023

Jill Andrews Unveils New Single 'Better Life' Ft. Becca Mancari

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Nashville singer-songwriter Jill Andrews unveiled her new single "Better Life" off her forthcoming album Modern Age (out August 18th on Vulture Vulture/Tone Tree).
The nucleus to Modern Age and the song that inspired the record, "Better Life" finds Andrews grieving the loss of a "golden-haired beauty queen" to addiction, wishing there had been another path.

The track also features guest vocals from fellow Nashville favorite Becca Mancari. Holler debuted the track and called it "a delicious slice of soft 70s country pop that brings to mind the sadder moments of Golden Hour or the luscious introspective dream pop of Weyes Blood."
"I traveled back to my hometown in East Tennessee after hearing the news of a childhood friend who had passed away after a long battle with addiction," stated Andrews. "While I was there, I swung by our old neighborhood. I drove by her house and walked to the bus stop where we used to stand on all of those cold, dark mornings together. I had known her since second grade.

She was with me at the AMC Theater when I saw Titanic for the first time, crying into the same box of popcorn. She was with me when I smoked my first cigarette (one of her Grandmother's Benson and Hedge's 100's that she had sneakily lifted from some mystery drawer). She was with me the day that I decided to see if the fire extinguisher worked on the school bus and promptly sprayed white foam all over my friend's and new found enemies' heads. It turns out it worked very well.

Standing there as an adult, at the bus stop, I was struck by how close we had lived to each other. If I turned left, I could see my house, and if I turned right, I could see hers. It was startling how different our lives were, even back then. And how our paths grew further and further apart as we got older. So far apart that we really didn't recognize each other anymore."

Standing at the intersection of memory lane and tomorrow, Modern Age is an ode to simpler times, an album that goes beyond nostalgia to veneration of what were to so many, the golden years. It's a stunning reflection on how far we've all come, but one that leaves the listener wondering about the price of "progress."

Produced by Lucas Morton at 4115 Studios, it features ten tracks that range from anthemic, pop dreams with ethereal synths and rich vocals, to intimate acoustic confessions. It's a meditation on childhood and changing times, growing up and looking back.

In moments, the epitome of 90s pop perfection with airy synths and shimmering vocals and in others, pared down and heart-wrenchingly intimate, Modern Age is dripping in reverence for a simpler time, when the world was as big as your high school, when love was waiting by the phone, when we wondered about the future instead of lived in it.
With addictive melodies that evoke Susannah Hoffs and Kate Bush, Modern Age is at once a time capsule of and a love letter to the places we all began.

With thoughtful and brilliant performances by an all-star cast of musicians including Tyler Chester (Sara Bareilles, Jackson Brown, Madison Cunningham), Juan Solorzano (Becca Mancari, Mary Gauthier, Michaela Anne), Graham Bechler (Erin Rae, Allen Stone), Anthony Da Costa (Sunny War, Molly Tuttle, Yola), and special guests Ben Cramer (Old Sea Brigade) and Becca Mancari on backing vocals, Modern Age remembers an era where the rhythm of life played slower, when we rewound cassette tapes with our fingertips, and talked on the phone for hours.

"This album for me is about looking back. It's about all the gains and losses. It's a juxtaposition of childhood and adulthood. It's the simplicities and complexities that surround both. And figuring out where I belong within it all."

Tour Dates:
08/18 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
08/19 - Charlotte, NC @ The Evening Muse
08/20 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
08/27 - Leicestershire, UK @ The Long Road Festival
08/31 - Nashville, TN @ Backyard Sessions (w/ Sam Johnston)
09/16 - Johnson City, TN @ The Down Home
09/29 - Derry, Northern Ireland, UK @ St. Augustine's Church (w/ Roseborough)
09/30 - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK @ Black Box (w/ Paul Casey)
10/02 - Manchester, UK @ Band on the Wall
10/03 - Cardiff, UK @ Acapela
10/04 - London, UK @ Green Note
10/05 - Southampton, UK @ The 1865
10/06 - Bangor, UK @ Blue Sky Cafe
10/07 - Glasgow, Scotland, UK @ Classic Grand Social Lounge
10/08 - Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Philharmonic

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