Margaret Glaspy is just under two weeks away from the release of her sophomore album, Devotion. With the Emotions and Math follow-up coming March 27th via ATO Records, the folk-pop singer-songwriter is today sharing the effort’s title track.
The LP’s previous singles — “Killing What Keeps Us Alive” and “Stay with Me” — have demonstrated Glaspy’s progression in somewhat reverse fashion. The former felt like a brand new direction, while the latter bridged the sound back to her older work. “Devotion”, with its sliding bass line, knee-clap percussion, and subtle dissonance, locks in even closer to her previous album. Still, layered vocals and a twinkling bridge show the new textures Glaspy is playing with on Devotion.
Listen to “Devotion” below. In addition, you can watch Glaspy perform a stripped down studio version of the track at Brooklyn’s Atomic Studios (where the album was recorded) alongside keyboardist Eric Lane and percussionist Tim Kuhl. Speaking of the performance in a press release, Glaspy noted,
“When we were in the studio making the record, the vibe for this song had a life of its own. Tim started to drum along on his lap in the control room and that felt like it was exactly what it needed, something that wasn’t a kit but felt just as percussive. We ended up going in that direction and wanted to recreate it in this video. I grew up playing music this way — without any amplification so you really had to listen to one another and get close.”