New Release: Juanita Stein – Easy Street

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Juanita Stein, the Howling Bells frontwoman turned solo artist, has shared her brand new single, Easy Street, taken from her upcoming second album, Until The Lights Fade, which will be released on 31st August

Take a listen below…

Says Stein of the song, “Easy Street was written very immediately. Everything about it felt intuitive and direct. Touring the songs off [her 2017 solo debut] ’America’ for the last couple years has given some unique insight into people and their situations. You’re clocking up some good miles across various cities and countries, you see people getting by, doing what they can, being inventive with their realities. Hope/desperation isn’t limited to geography, everyone’s looking for an easy way out essentially. This song is about someone running from their reality and trying to find a better life for themselves”

Juanita Stein’s second solo album arrives less than a year after her first, America, saw her exploring the iconography and cultural landscapes of a country that had always fascinated her from afar. Yet, while Until The Lights Fade is cut from the same musical cloth as its predecessor – the crepuscular twang of bar-room guitars, the keening romanticism of its melodies, the sparseness and simplicity of its arrangements – the album’s ten songs are concerned with thoughts, feelings, stories and characters rooted far closer to home

“I feel like the two albums are different sides of the same coin,” Stein explains. “If ‘America’ was the starting point of a journey – the musical equivalent of me spreading my wings, but also treading carefully, trying to figure myself out having come from such an intense period of camaraderie in the band – then this record is me starting to gain a bit more traction, feeling more confident in where I’m coming from and what it is I’m doing.”

Following her recent dates with The Killers and a run that saw her back in Austin for SxSW, Stein now returns to the UK for a tour with Bryan Ferry, before a summer of festivals including Latitude, Green Man and the newly-launched Black Deer, around the new album release. Stein plays…

24th June – Black Deer Festival, Tunbridge Wells
8th July – TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow
14th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold
20th July – Spain, Benicassim Festival
24th July – Finland, Helsinki Arena (with The Killers)
26th July – Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, Rockhal (with The Killers)
18th August – Green Man Festival, Crickhowell