Eve Owen has shared “Mother,” the fourth and final advance single from her debut Aaron Dessner-produced album Don’t Let The Ink Dry, released May 8th.
The sweeping, resounding song showcases Owen and Dessner’s deftness as a creative pair for mixing raw, vulnerable lyricism with bold sonic experimentation. “I wanted the energy of this song, sonically, to really embody a coming of age story, a stirring adrenaline-fuelled crescendo. ‘Mother’ is about a big energy, a big being always there to hold you and heal you when needed—whether that being is in your dreams, in music, in your family, in ideas, in who you are, in what you want to be. This energy never leaves if you keep it close by,” explains Owen. “It’s saying if you fall, there will always be someone or something to pick you back up again, so you can jump and live and explore without hesitation and fear. The song is about having an internal mother and trusting your gut.”
“Mother” follows the Londoner’s previously released tracks “Blue Moon,” “So Still For You,” and “She Says”.
Produced by Dessner at Long Pond Studio (a converted barn and old farmhouse deep in the Hudson Valley), Don’t Let the Ink Dry finds Owen devising a sonic language all her own: frenetic yet delicate, mercurial yet nuanced enough to capture the most ephemeral of feelings. With the help of musicians like multi-instrumentalist Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Perfume Genius) and pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman, who’s played with David Byrne, St. Vincent, and Father John Misty, among others), she and Dessner arrived at a detailed but deliberately wayward sound.
Working from an abundant batch of songs Owen had sketched over the years, the two collaborators dreamed up their kaleidoscopic sonic palette by espousing an unbridled playfulness—an element evident in such experiments as recording the whir of a washing machine, then using that sample as the foundation for one of the album’s outtakes. “What I enjoyed most was that there were no rules,” says Owen. “I could say or do whatever I wanted without feeling judged, which is the most wonderful feeling when you’re working creatively with someone.” Dessner adds, “We ultimately recorded more than 40 songs over three years, and this first album feels like a collection of them. I enjoyed the process immensely. We felt free to imagine and chase whatever sounds or arrangements inspired us. In the middle of that time, she helped me make a National song called ‘Where Is Her Head,’ which she fearlessly sang lead on. There’s so much Eve is capable of and I’m grateful to know her.”
With Owen playing guitar and Omnichord and Dessner handling a variety of instruments (guitars, piano, bass, synths), that lack of restraint imbues Don’t Let The Ink Dry with a thrilling volatility.
Owen recently announced five shows supporting The National in the UK and Ireland in June. She has performed with the band multiple times, including on Jimmy Kimmel Live, in addition to lending vocals to their recent LP, I Am Easy To Find. See below for a current itinerary.
1st June – London, UK @ Brixton Academy (with The National) –
2nd June – London, UK @ Brixton Academy (with The National) –
6th June – Belfast, UK @ Botanic Gardens (with The National)
7th June – Limerick, IE @ The Docklands Festival (with The National)
8th June – Cork, IE @ Live at the Marquee (with The National)
7th July – Vilanova i la Geltru, ESP @ Vida Festival
8th July – Hamburg, Germany @ Sommer In Altona