Margaret Glaspy – “You And I” & “Somebody To Anybody” (Stereogum Premiere)

Margaret Glaspy builds songs around disconnection. On “You And I” and “Somebody To Anybody” — two tracks that will appear on the singer-songwriter’s upcoming debut, and are being packaged into an EP that will be released tomorrow — she takes on the position of someone who isn’t interested in being in a relationship just for the sake of being in a relationship. On “You And I,” she’s figuring out how to let a dude down easy: “I don’t want to see you cry, but it feels like a matter of time.” And more to the point: “You and I have been a mistake/ I let it linger too long.” A lot of lost love songs operate in one of two modes — pining away or cutting off ties in a blaze of glory — and it’s refreshing to hear someone plainly state that they don’t give a fuck, but still want to be considerate of the other person who got invested too much.

And while “You And I” is more tactile, with its crunchy guitars and easy-to-grasp and all-too-familiar relationship dynamics, “Somebody To Anybody” takes a metaphorical approach that’s as slippery as the pronouns in its title: “I’m a little rock on a big mountain/ Nobody’s calling my name/ Nobody’s paying me mind,” Glaspy opens, making it sound like this is her ideal state. “I’m a little drop from a big fountain/ Oh, I blend in, and that’s fine.” “Somebody To Anybody” makes flying solo feel like the way to go: “Just thinking of being a pair had me suffering, and made me split.” There’s no remorse in Glaspy’s voice when she sings “It’s just that I don’t want to be somebody to anybody” — it’s just the way it is. Listen below.

Tour Dates:
01/27 Baltimore, MD @ 8X10 Club *
01/28 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
01/29 Washington, DC @ The Hamilton *
01/30 Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live *
02/02 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse *
02/03 Pawling, NY @ Daryl’s House *
02/04 South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *
02/05 Portland, ME @ One Longfellow Square *
02/06 Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
02/09 Toronto, CA @ Drake Hotel *
02/10 Detroit, MI @ The Magic Bag *
02/11 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache *
02/12 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s *
02/13 Madison, WI @ The Frequency *
02/14 Davenport, IA @ Redstone Room *
02/16 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
02/19 Davenport, IA @ Daytrotter Downs
02/20 Davenport, IA @ Daytrotter Downs
03/12 Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theater ^
03/22 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
04/12 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada +
04/13 Austin, TX @ Lambert’s +
04/15 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar +
04/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo +
04/17 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s +
04/19 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios +
04/20 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern +
04/21 Boise, ID @ Neurolux +
04/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court +
04/23 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive +
04/25 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room +
04/26 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway +
04/27 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar +

* With Rayland Baxter
^ With Lake Street Dive
+ With Mount Moriah

Margaret Glaspy’s 2-track EP with these songs is out tomorrow via ATO.