Here’s a welcome surprise for a Thursday evening – you may have thought Eric Lindley had hung it up as Careful, but life events simply got in the way for a while. He’s a father now, and such seismic changes often make it difficult to find a way back into making music. Throw in the added uncertainty of the pandemic and we’re shocked he’s making a return.
So much has happened in the near-decade since Lindley released The world doesn’t end as Careful in 2014, but he’s picking things up from where he left off with the gorgeous lead single from a forthcoming new EP. ‘Promise’ contains shades of the stuff Owen Pallett was doing as Final Fantasy on their first two albums, and that’s high praise. Fans of Perfume Genius or Sufjan Stevens should also be all over this, a beautiful song about a harrowing subject: “A parent loses their child to a mass shooting – I wrote this song a year ago, just after Uvalde.”
It’s the partial title track from Promise / Practice, out on Friday September 22nd, and we’re delighted to premiere it. Tune in below: