Brooklyn-based band TEEN-comprised of sisters Teeny, Lizzie and Katherine Lieberson-announces its fourth studio album Good Fruit. Out March 1, 2019 via lifelong label Carpark, and the band’s first self-produced record, Good Fruit is a remarkable and bold statement on moving forward and letting go of the past. Preorder the album here, and see below for album art and track listing.
To celebrate the announcement of their album, TEEN shares the record’s first single “Only Water,” a glistening and deceptively upbeat number about death and the loss of a loved one. “‘Only Water’ tells the story of my experience of my father’s sickness and death,” explains Teeny. “It explains the final moments that I had with him, as well as the processing of the loss of a parent. As it has been many years since his death, my relationship to losing him has changed. I have been thinking a lot about the idea of possession and how it can even exist once someone has died. This song questions this principle; if we are all water, can’t I have you? Can I be you? Which in, abstractly, is a celebration of letting go. The freedom with oneness as well as nothingness.”
TEEN will be on tour with 4AD’s Methyl Ethel next year, as well as playing at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right in January and making appearances at SXSW in Austin, TX. See below to find a show near you, get tickets here and stay tuned for more dates coming soon.
If TEEN’s 2016 album Love Yes was a bursting, harmony-infused synthpop thesis on embracing love, then its follow-up, the even more joyous and melodic Good Fruit, is its opposite, a look at what happens after love fades. “A lot of what ties Good Fruit in…is forging new paths for ourselves and letting go of old ways of doing things,” Teeny says. Rooted in challenging themes, Good Fruit touches on a wide array of tough topics – “Radar” is a Lizzie-penned ballad that explores a previously unmentioned formative trauma, “Putney” is a slinky, bassy bop that deals with how projected ideals and personal fantasy play into sex and misogyny, “Runner” is a bursting, beatific, synth-driven track which reflects on fleeing a relationship as a partner wants to become closer, while the ballad “Pretend” recounts the disappointment of realizing a partner isn’t all you’ve built them up to be. As on all prior TEEN releases, there are frequent meditations on death, capitalism, and womanhood across Good Fruit. But the Lieberson sisters have, with their fourth album, crafted a dynamic, hook-stuffed take on the oft-trodden breakup album. When love fades, TEEN soars.
1. Popular Taste
3. Only Water
6. Luv 2 Luv
1/16/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right %
3/11-17/19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/19/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo #
3/20/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Café du Nord #
3/22/19- Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #
3/23/19 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza #
3/29/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere #
3/30/19 – Washington, DC @ DC9 #
# – with Methyl Ethel
% – with CLAVVS