Stella Donnelly – Seasons Greetings
Faye Webster, the 21-year-old Atlanta-based singer-songwriter and decorated photographer, announces her third full-length album, Atlanta Millionaires Club, out May 24th via Secretly Canadian. Atlanta Millionaires Club is an album stitched together by intimate songwriting about lonesomeness in spite of Webster’s connection to a larger community. The lead single, “Room Temperature,” communicates this clearly, acting as a breezy recollection of Webster’s day-to-day life. The song simmers with a rattling bass line and the fleeting twang of pedal steel as Webster vocalizes her own inversion, trying to be at peace with being alone.
“Pedal steel has always been one of my favorite instruments and I generously sprinkle it throughout the record, but in ‘Room Temperature’ it is unarguably prominent. It is the first thing you hear in the song and I wanted the visual to mirror the feeling of hearing this Hawaiian/bendy/Spongebob guitar, and what better way to capture it all than Miami?”
The self-directed video shows Webster herself in different settings; on a synchronized swim team, dancing on the shoreline with backup dancers, and playing guitar on the beach.
Atlanta Millionaires Club is in Faye Webster’s feelings, and that’s the way she likes it. Atlanta Millionaires Club is a genre-bending collection of songs, bringing together Webster’s feather-light vocals, intimate songwriting, and her acumen for being strikingly vulnerable and brave. Pulling from a familial lineage of folk storytelling and time spent in Atlanta’s hip-hop scene (notably rap collectives PSA and Awful Records), Webster’s work is a study of duality, weaving through her own introversion and heartbreak; it’s an idiosyncratic sadness punctuated by fleeting observations and an unexpected, sly sense of humor.
“Everything is way personal. I’ve never been that kind of person who can read a book and then write a song about the book,” Webster says. “I have to write about very personal things for me to even want to write”.
Atlanta Millionaires Club was co-produced by Webster and Drew Vandenberg and recorded at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, Georgia. Throughout the album, Webster foregoes genre, trying to avoid sounding like any contemporaries. The omnipresence of pedal steel eschews bluegrass trappings, flexible under Webster’s direction. She didn’t set out to make her new album sound like any artist in particular – but she cites Aaliyah as her main musical inspiration for how she uses sound.
“That’s where I first heard, ‘Oh, there’s this weird guitar that’s bendy and it could totally be in a country song,’ but the way she’s using it is what makes her music so special to me,” Webster explains. “I try to do that. I try to change the way pedal steel is supposed sound, to use it differently than its traditional sound.” Webster lifted the Atlanta Millionaires Club title from the name her father used for his group of up-and-coming friends in grad school that went on to become a sponsored club that competed in 5k races and donut eating contests for charity, the name a showy, stark contrast with the friends’ reality.
Faye Webster will embark on a North American tour with Stella Donnelly, kicking off at Savannah Stopover Music Festival.
Faye Webster Tour Dates
Fri. March 8 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
Fri. March 15 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall #
Sat. March 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s #
Wed. March 20 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom #
Fri. March 22 – Somerville, MA @ Once Ballroom #
Sat. March 23 – Montreal, CA @ Casa Del Popolo #
Sun. March 24 – Toronto, CA @ The Drake Hotel #
Mon. March 25 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx #
Wed. March 27 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups #
Thu. March 28 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop #
Fri. March 29 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern #
Tue. April 2 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza #
Wed. April 3 – Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall #
Fri. April 5 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord #
Sat. April 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Cafe Du Nord #
Tue. April 23 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace %
Thu. April 25 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City %
Fri. April 26 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt %
Sat. April 27 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore Charlotte %
Mon. April 29 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues %
Tue. April 30 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach %
Wed. May 1 – Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks %
Fri. May 3 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen %
Fri. May 24 – Manchester, UK @ Dot to Dot Festival
Sat. May 25 – Bristol, UK @ Dot to Dot Festival
Sun. May 26 – Nottingham, UK @ Dot to Dot Festival
Tue. May 28 – London, UK @ Bermondsey Social Club
Wed. May 29 – London, UK @ Bermondsey Social Club
Fri. May 31 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret
Mon. June. 3rd – Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
Sun. June 16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
# = with Stella Donnelly
* = with Deerhunter
% = with Lord Huron
Stella Donnelly is delighted to share the video for ‘Season's Greetings, taken from her critically acclaimed debut album Beware of the Dogs, released earlier this year.
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