words by tom johnson
In his song of the same, Bruce Springsteen packs bundles of shimmering sentiment and bombast to lament his long lost love. “I came for you, for you, I came for you. But you did not need my urgency,” he bellows amid bouncy keys and monumental hooks.
Joanna Sternberg’s new track mirrors similarly fractured human bonds but there’s no pomposity here, instead Sternberg barely fills the space around them, their tempered half-thoughts drifting in and out of focus, like bursts of bright sunlight through stale bedroom air.
Initially, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d tuned into some dusty old radio station, the aged guitar strums recalling those old time blues, but Sternberg’s signature voice immediately switches the tone, their doo-doo-doo nonchalance akin to accidentally finding yourself locked inside someone’s daydream as sentiments and actions are twisted and lamented as only the private mind can do.
“This song is about being in any sort of a relationship with a narcissistic person who does not care about you,” Sternberg says of the new song, which is premiered here today and precedes new record ‘Then I Try Some More’. “I wrote this song as a reminder to surround myself with people who reciprocate my love. I am sorry about the judgmental tone of this song, because I know that everybody feels pain and it is impossible to see into anyone’s mind, body or heart, but life is full of fleeting emotions.”
Weird and wired, curious and comfortable, ‘For You’ feels like a complex web of emotions laid out in as straightforward a way as possible; the kind of incongruous leap into someone’s else’s world that will linger for long after the fact. Listen to the new song right now, and check out pre-order info and forthcoming Conor Oberst support dates below.
07.12.19 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Glove
Supporting Conor Oberst:
07.17.19 – Portsmouth, NH @ Prescott Park Free Concert Series
07.18.19 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater
07.19.19 – Norwalk, CT @ Wall St Theater
07.20.19 – Bearsville, NY @ Bearsville Theater
07.21.19 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
07.23.19 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bells Brewery
07.24.19 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
07.25.19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
07.26.19 – Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theater
07.27.19 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow
07.28.19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Weesner Amphitheater
Pre-order ‘Then I Try Some More‘ here