Ahead of the holidays this week, Lydia Loveless has shared her new song “Merry Christmas,” alongside an accompanying video, directed by herself and Michael Casey. The melancholic seasonal tune is now available via Bandcamp, with all profits benefiting her home state’s Mid-Ohio Food Bank. “I wanted to try my hand at a holiday song. Every year I intend to write one and give up. This year, the only thing I feel like I have any control over is my creativity—so it seemed like now or never,” explains the now North Carolina-based Loveless. “One of the things I have missed most is making music with others, so I asked my bandmates George (Hondroulis) and Todd (May) to add to it. It was a little spark of joy in a super bummer season.”
“Merry Christmas” follows the release of Daughter—Loveless’ first album in four years and first for her own label, Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late Records—which arrived in late September to great press from NPR Music, Pitchfork, Stereogum, The Associated Press, Sound Opinions (including ‘Best Albums of 2020’), The AV Club, No Depression, Paste, and many more. Read her recent feature for Pitchfork’s October site here, and watch her perform a stripped-down version of Daughter track “Dead Writer” on a boat for FLOOD Magazine’s Neighborhoods session here.
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, she 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.