CMU Approved

Approved: Tomberlin

By | Published on Tuesday 22 February 2022


If you’ve been sitting waiting for news of new music from singer-songwriter Tomberlin since her 2018 debut album, ‘At Weddings’, well… first off you missed her ‘Projections’ EP in 2020, but forget about that for the moment because this is very much the month for you. Honestly, if news about Tomberlin is your thing, then February 2022 is the one you have been waiting for.

A new album’s on the way then? Yes, my friend, you are very astute. It’s called ‘I Don’t Know Who Needs To Hear This’ and is out on 29 Apr. But if this news is news to you, then you don’t know that since the beginning of this month she’s released two tracks from the album – the title track and now new single ‘Happy Accident’, a warmly nostalgic feeling indie epic which features Cass McCombs on guitar and Felix Walworth of Told Slant on drums.

“‘Happy Accident’ is a song about relational obscurity”, she says. “Trying to sort out who you are or who you were to someone. Is this relationship romantic or is it just sex? Do you want to spend time with me or are you just bored? Do I make my own decisions that are good for me or are my decisions predominantly based on what I think you might want or need?”

“I was kind of walking through moments in previous relationships in my life”, she adds. “I wanna know why someone wants to get to know me. Do you want to know me or just your idea of me? Do I want to know you or just my idea of you?”

As for the wider context of the album as a whole, she goes on: “The theme of the record is to examine, hold space, make an altar for the feelings”.

There’s more exciting news too. Tomberlin will be touring the UK and Ireland in support of the next album, kicking off with a show in an eighteen century chalk mine underneath Margate – aka The Margate Caves – on 28 Apr. The tour will continue into May, including a show at St Matthias Church in East London on 5 May.

Watch the video for ‘Happy Accident’ here:

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