CHARLOTTE CORNFIELD – ” Highs in the Minuses “

Posted: October 7, 2021 in MUSIC

When the world shut down in March 2020, Charlotte Cornfield was in the middle of an artist residency in the Rocky Mountains, hunkered down in a hut with a baby grand piano, sketching ideas for a follow-up album to her Polaris-Longlisted 2019 LP The Shape of Your Name. In a matter of hours, she found herself back home in Toronto with months of touring cancelled and a wide swath of time ahead of her. She began to write feverishly, mining her memories and dreams and recounting them with vivid detail. When the songs were finished, she headed to Montreal to record with producer/engineer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen), drummer Liam O’Neill (Suuns), bassist Alexandra Levy (Ada Lea), and guitarist Sam Gleason (Tim Baker).

The group tracked the album in 5 days, mostly live off the floor, seeking to capture the raw emotion of the songs. The result is Highs in the Minuses, a memoir in fragments. Here Cornfield fully embraces the role of narrator, moving from one vignette to another in a colourful collage. We see her at 21, heartbroken and lost, carrying a friend’s 3-legged cat back to her apartment in a box; then as a teenager, playing a new song for a group of friends on a trampoline. She sings of a magical first date, an ex with a mean streak, two skateboarders gliding in a lakeside parking lot. The brutal honesty in her lyrics brings to mind writers like David Berman and Adrianne Lenker, while musically she conjures a Zuma-era Neil Young, leaping from crunchy guitar rock to piano ballads with effortless grace. Highs in the Minuses is Charlotte Cornfield’s strongest offering to date, each song a gem in and of itself.

Charlotte Cornifeld has unveiled a new video off her upcoming album “Highs in the Minuses”. It’s called ‘Drunk For You’, and it arrives with an accompanying music video. “Sometimes desire betrays logic, and you end up at somebody’s door even after you’ve talked yourself out of it, in all of the ways,” Cornfield said of the new track in a statement. “And that feeling can be intoxicating. And it can be painful. I recorded this song after the rest of the band had left the studio. It was just me, in the big room at the grand piano, and Howard and Shae were in the control room behind the glass. I remember I felt truly alone, in a way that I needed to be to sing it properly. We did two takes and kept the first one, and if you listen closely you can hear the piano bench squeaking a little bit in the background.”

Of the video, she added: “We shot this video in Lake Ontario, my brother behind the camera and my Mom on the beach holding a reflector and cuing the song. There was something really special about it just being the three of us out there, in that magic blue hour light. We kept getting deeper and deeper in the water, and I didn’t even notice the rolling wave that came and swept me away at the end.”

‘Drunk For You’ is the third single lifted from “Highs in the Minuses“, following ‘Partner In Crime’ and ‘Headlines’. The album is out October 29th via Polyvinyl/Double Double Whammy.

Charlotte Cornfield – vocals, guitar, piano, bass, synth
Liam O’Neill – drums, percussion
Alexandra Levy – bass (1,3-5,10)
Sam Gleason – guitar, synth (1, 2, 7-9, 11)
Amy Millan – backing vocals (3)
Howard Bilerman – noise (9)

releases October 29th, 2021

All songs by Charlotte Cornfield

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