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Today, Stella Donnelly unveils her new single/video, “How Was Your Day?,” from her forthcoming album Flood, out August 26th on Secretly Canadian. “How Was Your Day?” is quintessential Stella Donnelly – a buoyant track with deadpan vocals harkening back to her 2019 breakthrough debut album, Beware of the Dogs. “Level-headedness has made way for a disastrous love,” she drops casually. “I know it, you know it.” Of the track, Donnelly says: “This is my attempt at building a song out of a very specific dynamic between two monogamously involved people. The verses are just excerpts from real conversations, fragments of what two people talk about when they both know they need to have a real talk but neither wants to be the one to bring it up. This song came out of lockdown and seeing a lot of friends break up or get married.”

Directed by Nick Mckk and Claire Giuffre, the “How Was Your Day?” accompanying video is playfully macabre, juxtaposing shots of soccer games and car wrecks to uncanny effect. “This video does a really good job of portraying how annoying I am!,” Donnelly says. “We shot it from opposite sides of the world which was a little bit stressful but a lot of fun.”

Watch Stella Donnelly’s “How Was Your Day?” Video

Following Beware of the Dogs, Flood is Donnelly’s record of rediscovery: the product of months of risky experimentation, hard moments of introspection, and a lot of transition. It presents Stella in abundance: her inner child, her nurturing self, her nightmare self. Like the many Banded Stilts that spread across the cover, Donnelly is wading into uncharted territory: learning who she is as an artist and experiencing how prolific an individual can be while thriving in a collective. “It freshened things up for sure,” Donnelly says, and writing with band members Jennifer Aslett, George Foster, Jack Gaby and Marcel Tussie, felt like a kindergarten play, with co-producers Anna Laverty and Methyl Ethyl’s Jake Webb helping to foster an important spontaneity in the studio. “They all brought themselves to the record in such a beautiful way. A lot of us were playing instruments that weren’t our first instrument: me on piano, Jack doing all these synth sounds, George trying a bunch of stuff out, Marcel sang! It was quite vulnerable for all of us.” Flood revels in this.

Later this fall, Donnelly will embark on a world tour, including stops at Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, and a plethora of dates across Europe and the UK. Full dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now.

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Watch Stella Donnelly’s “Flood” Video

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Stella Donnelly Tour Dates

Sun. Sept. 11 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Mon. Sept. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre

Tue. Sept. 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent

Thu. Sept. 15 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Fri. Sept. 16 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

Sat. Sept. 17 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos

Wed. Sept. 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe

Thu. Sept. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

Fri. Sept. 23 – Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary

Sat. Sept. 24 – Toronto, ON @ Longboat Hall

Mon. Sept. 26 – Boston, MA @ Crystal Ballroom

Wed. Sept. 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere

Fri. Sept. 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live

Sat. Oct. 1 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd

Tue. Nov. 1 – Leeds, UK @ Wardrobe

Wed. Nov. 2 – Glasgow @ Mono

Thu. Nov. 3 – Manchester @ Band On The Wall

Fri. Nov. 4 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s

Sun. Nov. 6 – Liverpool, UK @ Zanzibar

Tue. Nov. 8 Nottingham, UK @ Metronome

Wed. Nov. 9 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla

Thu. Nov. 10 – London, UK @ Electric Brixton

Sat. Nov. 12 – Cardiff, UK @ The Gate

Sun. Nov. 13 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds

Mon. Nov. 14 – Brighton, UK @ Komedia

Wed. Nov. 16 – Paris, FR @  FMR

Thu. Nov. 17 – Cologne, DE @ Artheatre

Fri. Nov. 18 – Brussels, BE @ Rotonde – Botanique

Sun. Nov. 20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet

Mon. Nov. 21 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Skybar

Tue. Nov. 22 – Copenhagen, DK @ Hotel Cecil

Thu. Nov. 24 – Berlin, DE @ Badehaus

Fri. Nov. 25 – Munich, DE @ Strom !

! w/ Julia Jacklin

See all of Stella’s upcoming tour dates

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