New Jersey’s own Long Neck has announced a new album, Soft Animal, due out the 21st of June. The announcement brings along with it the release of the album’s first single, the earthy and ethereal (yes, it somehow manages to be both, simultaneously) “Gardener.”
Long Neck’s Lily Mastrodimos joined us on the Left of the Dial podcast this week to talk about the album, its influences, and the tender experience of writing and recording “Gardener.” “I remember being in a new physical environment after a year of being trapped inside in Brooklyn . . . it felt like moss being pulled away from a pipe and letting water flow,” Mastrodimos said of the affirming trip to London that encouraged her to begin writing the music for Soft Animal. The single reflects this cautious, careful re-emergence witn its lush violins, arranged and performed by Marlene Bellissimo, warm vocal harmonies from RN Taylor of Los Campesinos!, and Mastrodimos’ own delicate but steady vocals.
Soft Animal is out June 21st on Plastic Miracles in the US and Specialist Subject in the UK. You can listen to “Gardender” now, and if you need more Long Neck to hold you over, check out Lily’s solo Left of the Dial studio session from last year.
Listen to our episode of Left of the Dial with Long Neck