Henry Jamison duets with long-time hero Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear on ‘Green Room’, the third and final single from Henry’s collaborative EP Tourism, out May 15th on Color Study.
Droste’s appearances outside of Grizzly Bear are few and far between, so you can imagine Jamison’s delight when Droste said ‘yes’ to an Instagram message from the Vermont songwriter.
“Grizzly Bear has been my favourite band for about ten years” he explains. “So, I was extremely happy when Ed wanted to sing with me. I feel like this song fits his slightly operatic style especially well”.
Like previous singles ‘I Forget Myself’ featuring Darlingside – who actually serve as the backing band throughout the entire EP – and ‘Still Life’ featuring Joseph, ‘Green Room’ comes from a period when Jamison and his then ex-partner split whilst he was on the road. They have since got back together, moving back in with one another a week ahead of quarantine.
“The song is specifically about being in LA and seeing the movie ‘Spirited Away’ come on the TV while I half-slept on the green room couch. It was my then-ex-girlfriend’s favorite movie and brought on a flood of memories. It also features a very compelling character called ‘No-Face’, a being who is so spiritually empty that it needs to devour everything in its sight, a mythical “hungry ghost”. Being in LA, home to many would-be stars, I was forced to ask if I was a hungry ghost myself, as my career had taken me away from so many things I missed so badly.”
Elsewhere on the EP, Fenne Lily lends her vocal to the title-track, whilst Lady Lamb guests on closing track ‘Orchardist’.
As this starring cast of names suggests, Henry stands alongside some of modern music’s most revered storytellers. Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief says Henry’s “songs sing me through mazes of my own sensuality and sadness, help me to feel less alone in the journey to understand myself more deeply and to face gaping wounds”.
Tourism is released through Color Study on May 15th. Jamison was set to headline three select speciality shows in LA, New York and London this June along with labelmates Haux and Charli Adams. However, owing to current circumstances, these have since been cancelled.