Eliza Hardy Jones – “Criminal” (Stereogum Premiere)

You might know her as the keyboardist and vocalist for Strand Of Oaks, Buried Beds, and Nightlands, but now Philadelphia’s Eliza Hardy Jones is releasing her own debut solo album. Because Become is out next year and is co-produced by Dave Hartley (Nightlands, the War On Drugs). Jones is a trained classical pianist whose rise in music came by way of an electric foundation, and her sound reflects that lineage, filled with achingly raw lyrics that stretch along influences from classic pop to avant-garde. Lead single “Criminal” combines ambient synths and Jones’ floaty vocals in equal measure to create something as delicate as it is hard-hitting. Guitars are at the helm, anchoring the sound, breezy and emphatic at the same time. Listen below.

Jones will be hitting the road early next year with Grace Potter. Get tickets here and check out her live dates below:

01/06 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
01/13 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
01/14 Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
01/15 Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
01/16 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
01/20 Roanoke, VA @ Berglund Center
01/21 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
01/22 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
01/23 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
01/24 Wiminton, NC @ CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center
01/26 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
01/28 Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre Mobile, AL
01/29 Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston, TX
01/30 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
01/31 San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
02/04 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
02/05 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
02/06 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
02/08 Jackson Hole, WY @ Jackson Hole Center for the Arts
02/10 Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre
02/11 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
02/12 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
02/13 Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Because Become is out next year. Here’s the cover art: