The virtuoso vocalist Amber Coffman is a longtime member of the Dirty Projectors, but she wasn’t a part of that band’s recent song “Keep Your Name.” And now, she’s gone solo, signing to Columbia and planning the release of a solo album called City Of No Reply. She wrote and recorded the whole album in Los Angeles, where she’s been living for the past three years. And she’s just shared the video for its first single “All To Myself,” a stately, slow-swaying ballad that — like Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij’s recent I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, sounds like a very 2016 version of an oldies-radio standard. It’s a great song. David Longstreth is credited as a co-composer on the track, at least according to the iTunes Store metadata. In the video, which Coffman directed herself, she walks along a seaside, looking powerful and confident. Check it out below.
Here’s what she says about the new song in a press release:
For anyone who’s ever found themselves uncomfortably restless, sad and alone, or even temporarily doubting themselves and their dreams, this is a mantra, a pep talk, a love song to yourself. It’s a song you can slow dance by yourself to without feeling funny if there’s no one else there. A small reminder not to spend too much time fretting and just to get out there, live your life and do what makes you happy.
“All To Myself” is out now at iTunes, via Columbia, and I’m sure we’ll hear more about the album soon enough.