Back in 2015, Paul Woodgate headed off to Union Chapel to see the highly anticipated I’m With Her (read the review here). Upon arrival, he found the queue to get in had snaked around the block. For those unfamiliar with name, they are the ‘supremely gifted’ Sarah Jarosz whose latest album Undercurrent has set the bar still higher, Nickel Creek stalwart and solo artist Sara Watkins who released Young In All The Wrong Ways on New West last year, and ex-Crooked Still now solo artist (the Tucker Martine produced debut Fossils) Aoife O’Donovan.
Today, they announced the release of their full-length debut, See You Around, out on Rounder Records February 16, 2018 (pre-order it here), prior to which they will play at Bush Hall on 30 January 2018. Based on previous UK visits, you’d better grab those tickets quick. You can grab them here. They return to the UK and Ireland in May (dates below).
Listen to the title track below which is available everywhere from today.
Co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, England, See You Around is a 12 track LP filled with finespun narratives and breathtaking harmonies – full track listing is below. Additionally, I’m With Her has announced an international headlining tour that will kick off in March 2018 and bring the band to major cities across the world including Los Angeles, Paris, London, and more.
See You Around presents a warmly textured, yet stripped-down sound layered with lush guitar tones and crystalline harmonies. The album is comprised of 11 originals, penned by the band in Los Angeles and Vermont, plus the never before released Gillian Welch-penned “Hundred Miles.” With each member playing guitar and handling various aspects of the instrumentation— including fiddle and ukulele for Watkins, mandolin and banjo for Jarosz, piano and synth for O’Donovan—the band cut most of the album live, performing just a few feet away from each other in the tracking room. All through See You Around, I’m With Her exhibits a refined musicality that reflects their deep musical roots.
After years of crossing paths in their intersecting scenes, I’m With Her came together by happenstance for an off-the-cuff performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival during the summer of 2014.The multi-Grammy-Award-winners have individually released nine solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still), and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. The band has garnered tremendous acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay and indelible harmonies.
“We all feel immensely fortunate to be in this band together,” says I’m With Her. “As longtime friends and fans of each other’s music, it’s been wonderful to realize that writing and collaborating together fits so seamlessly into our lives. And now, we’re so excited to get to tour and share the work we’ve done as a band with our debut album, See You Around.”
SEE YOU AROUND TRACK LISTING:
1. See You Around
2. Game To Lose
3. Ain’t That Fine
6. Wild One
8. Ryland (Under The Apple Tree)
10. Crescent City
11. Close It Down
12. Hundred Miles
I’M WITH HER UK 2018 TOUR DATES:
Jan 28 Glasgow, UK (Celtic Connections) Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (and Rory Butler)
Jan 30 London, UK @ Bush Hall
May 11 Belfast, UK @ Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
May 12 Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan’s
May 14 Gateshead, UK @ Sage Two
May 15 Manchester, UK @ Band On The Wall
May 16 Bristol, UK @ The Station
May 17 London, UK @ Union Chapel