Out now on Father/Daughter Records and Hand In Hive
Announced for The Great Escape 2022
Following the critically acclaimed debut album Another Place To Need (2020), Los Angeles based musician A.O. Gerber returns with captivating new single ‘Looking for the Right Things’ (co-produced by Madeline Kenney), released via Father/Daughter Records (US) & Hand In Hive (UK).
Speaking on the track, she says: “I wrote this song in 2017 in a moment of exasperation, when my desire to show up as my honest self and let someone else show up as theirs felt impossibly difficult. That refrain, “Looking for the right things,” was a sort of anxious plea — this looping frustration over the distance between intention and reality, the desire for closeness and the complexity of actually allowing it. We tried to record this song for my first record and we couldn’t get the production right (irony!). As the years went on, I tried again and again to re-work it, and the repetition of that refrain started taking on new meaning. There’s anxiety in it, yes, but there’s also gentleness, self-nurturance, and even some hope — this feeling that it’s worth it to stay open, stay tender, stay messy.”
Accompanying the release is a beguiling video directed by Erik Schute, that offers a dreamy catharsis through the freeing physical movements of A.O. Gerber herself.
There’s a bit of subtle humour in this video that I like — this song is about how frustratingly difficult human connection can be, but this video is me trapped in my dusty mind, flinging myself around in the void alone, which isn’t too far off from the truth of what happens when I get stuck in my own head trying to figure out who and how I should be in the world. There’s a sort of self-involvedness to that kind of perfectionism that I feel like this video (which was produced lovingly by Yellow House Sessions and directed/edited by Erik Shute) captures really well.”, She adds on the video.
‘Looking for the Right Things’ beautifully highlights Gerber’s impeccable songcraft and ear for lush arrangements, which only intensifies under the electro-pop blanket production of bright percussion and sharp, vivid keys.
With a new single, and two performances set for The Great Escape next month, this is just a taste of the excitement to come in 2022.
Stream ‘Looking For The Right Things’ HERE
13th May 2022 – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton, UK:The Line of Best Fit Stage @ One Church Hand In Hive x Sub Pop Publishing stage @ The Mucky Duck
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.