American indie-rock songwriter Alec Ounsworth is back with a new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album, and we have it streaming for you a week ahead of its release date.
It’s been more than a decade since the career-defining success of the band’s self-titled debut, and over the years the group has gone through various lineup changes, diminishing in number from the original four to Ounsworth as the sole remaining member.
This hasn’t stopped the singer/guitarist from soldiering on: he maintains a relentless touring schedule around the world, and is now ready to put out CYHSY’s fifth studio LP. He does acknowledge, however, that there are both good and bad things about being a one-man show.
“I am a relatively solitary person and seem to work best alone,” he said via press release. “I do count on others to help the project as the process of making and releasing an album moves forward, but if it doesn’t match what I have in mind, it’s hard for me to really be there for it. I guess this is one reason why the project has been independent all this time. Trust me, I understand that thinking this way is both an asset and a liability.”
Another benefit of working solo is that it has enabled Ounsworth to have the freedom to dive deep into his own personal challenges. He describes the time spent writing the album as tumultuous and cathartic, a period where he reflected on his past and contemplated the future.
“I’d rather not say that it was a dark time, but it was a difficult time in my life — among the most difficult,” he continued. “But I needed and need to try to let it go. And this is how I let things go. Though it’s the same for any album — this one probably more than the others.”
The Tourist will be released via Undertow on Feb. 24. You can pre-order it here.
Please note that the album contains profanity.
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