“You unbuttoned your shirt, and I looked at your heart,” Brigitte Naggar intones at the start of her new Common Holly song, followed by a stunning silence that feels much longer than three seconds. When the music finally resumes, she continues: “Then you showed me your lungs, yeah you pulled them apart.” It’s a captivating introduction, and the mesmerizing quality extends throughout the song’s two minute runtime. “Measured” is a great title for this one.
This is the third advance single from When I say to you Black Lightning, Common Holly’s second album and first for Barsuk. (That’s her US label home; the album is actually coming out on five different labels across the Earth’s various regions. It’s a whole ordeal.) Previously Naggar shared “Central Booking” and “Joshua Snakes.”
Find out how “Measured” stacks up with those tunes below.
09/17 – Omaha, NE, USA @ The Waiting Room Lounge (w/ Pinegrove)
11/26 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Poppolo
11/28 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
12/02 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
12/03 – Washington, DC @ Pie Shop
12/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
12/05 – Princeton, NJ @ Terrace Club
12/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Trans Pecos
12/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
12/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
12/11 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
12/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
12/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
12/16 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
12/17 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
12/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
12/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo (Early Show)
When I say to you Black Lightning is out 10/18 via (deep breath) Barsuk in the US, Dalliance Recordings in the UK/EU, Royal Mountain Records in Canada, Remote Control Records in Australia and New Zealand, and Solitaire Recordings everywhere else. Pre-order it here.