Lydia Loveless’ acclaimed new album Daughter–her first album in four years and first for her own label, Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late Records–arrived last Friday, garnering great press from NPR Music, Pitchfork, Stereogum, The Associated Press, Paste, and more. Today she has shared the video for the gorgeous, heart-rending album opener “Dead Writer,” directed by herself and Michael Casey, which also shares characters with previous videos for “Love Is Not Enough” and “September.” “The ‘Dead Writer’ character (sometimes we call him Fred) was the first in the ‘universe’ of characters we created. He was based on the old time depressive writers I love. I like playing him the best because he feels the most like my masculine form,” explains Loveless. “In the video I also play his lover who is tired of his shit and goes on apparently a very long walk. During the filming I was not drinking, so all we had when he ‘pours the booze down the drain’ was a bottle of non-alcoholic spirits, which always makes me laugh.”
The second show in Loveless’ series of three ticketed livestreams is set for next week, on October 8th, and will feature a solo performance of a handpicked, career-spanning set. The final livestream on October 22nd will see Loveless performing solo and on the piano for the first time in her career. Both shows will begin at 9:30pm EDT and tickets–available via Noonchorus–are $10 per show. The shows will also be available for rebroadcast for 48 hours afterward.
Daughter marks the triumphant return of Loveless, and documents a period of personal upheaval, including a divorce and an interstate move away from her longtime home. Left feeling unmoored and adrift, Loveless worked to redefine herself, both in her own mind and within the context of the world. Written with her characteristic candidness and razor-sharp wit, and brimming with revelatory new ideas, sounds, and directions, the album is a self-aware journey into independence.