Acclaimed singer-songwriter Parker Millsap has announced the release of his new album, coming April 9th. Be Here Instead was produced by the legendary John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Waxahatchee). The first single “The Real Thing” – which features guest vocals from Nashville singer Erin Rae – is joined by an official companion video.
“It’s a song whose meaning has revealed new layers to me over time,” Millsap says. “At first it was about being on the road and missing my wife, then it was about my general distaste for internet communication, and then the pandemic hit, and it became about having to depend on that type of communication and being starved for physical closeness. The thesis of the song is: Facetime ain’t shit.”
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Mainly recorded live with Millsap’s full band, the album sees a departure from the guitar-and-notebook-based approach to songwriting that shaped his earlier work. Instead, Millsap has followed his curiosity to countless other modes of expression, experimenting with everything from piano to effects pedals to old school drum machines.
In another creative breakthrough, Be Here Instead forgoes the character-driven storytelling of his past in favour of a more introspective and endlessly revelatory form of lyricism. “Because the lyrics were appearing seemingly out of nowhere and with no prior intent, some of them started to feel like transmissions from my subconscious, rather than the preconceived linear stories or waking thoughts of my earlier songs,” says Millsap. “They feel like words I needed to hear from myself, and not just things I wanted to say to someone else.”