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Juliana Hatfield is back with 14 brand new songs, including the instant-classic “Wonder Why.” “I wasn’t planning on making a record,” says Juliana Hatfield of “Pussycat”. In fact, she thought her songwriting career was on hiatus, and that she had nothing left to say in song form; that she had finally said it all after two decades as a recording artist. But then the presidential election happened. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.”

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Pussycat is the kind of bluntly political record Hatfield used to be knocked for shying away from. At the height of her 1990s stardom, Hatfield was dismissed in the more activist corners of the music world as a lightweight (never mind that her songs frequently explored the ways society needles and dismisses women). She’s spent her career in an often thankless middle ground, too feminine for the masculine music press, yet not punk enough for the riot grrls. But Pussycat lends to the case for a critical reappraisal. Now would be an ideal time for one, given how the DNA of Hatfield’s hooky, plainspoken alterna-pop has carried through some of indie-rock’s sharpest young songwriters, from artists like Waxahatchee to Bully and Charly Bliss, artists that have demonstrated there’s plenty of substance in this sound. What a treat it would be if, 30 years into their careers, they were all making records as relevant, passionate, and strangely personable as this one.

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Its great to be able to share Juliana Hatfield’s awesome video for “Short-Fingered Man” from her upcoming album “Pussycat”.

“For this video I shot a bunch of footage of myself in my hallway. I love sixties dancing so I did a bunch of that. Also I was thinking of early Jean Rollin vampire movies and of “Alphaville” (Godard) and those scenes near the end in which Anna Karina–and other residents of Alphaville–start to lose their equilibrium in the hallway and can’t keep themselves walking in a straight line. Caroline Jaecks took all of my footage and masterfully constructed a neat little narrative out of it that fits the song really well.”

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The election of President Donald Trump has kicked Juliana Hatfield into action. On April 28th, she will release “Pussycat”, a new record inspired by the current political climate in the U.S.
“I wasn’t planning on making a record,” she said in a press release. But after the election, she continued, “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.”
Hatfield wrote the material following a time in which she was questioning whether or not she had anything left to say as a songwriter. So, as quickly as the songs came, she wanted to record them in a similar manner. Playing all the instruments except drums, which were played by Pete Caldes, she recorded and mixed all 14 songs in 12-and-a-half days.
“It was a blur. It was cathartic,” she said. “I almost don’t even understand what happened in there, or how it came together so smoothly, so quickly. I was there, directing it all, managing it, getting it all done, but I was being swept along by some force that was driving me. The songs had a will, they forced themselves on me, or out of me, and I did what they told me to do. Even my hands — it felt like they were not my hands. I played bass differently — looser, more confident, better. I’ve always been prolific and productive and I have a good solid work ethic but this one happened so fast, I didn’t have time to think or plan. I just went with it, rode the wave. And now it is out of my hands. It feels a little scary.”

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You can order Pussycat at American Laundromat Records’ website, with options of CD, pink cassette (limited to 250 copies), pink vinyl and a coupled of bundles that offer it on both pink and peach vinyl.
Juliana Hatfield, ‘Pussycat’

Track Listing
1. “I Wanna Be Your Disease”
2. “Impossible Song”
3. “You’re Breaking My Heart”
4. “When You’re a Star”
5. “Good Enough for Me”
6. “Short-Fingered Man”
7. “Touch You Again”
8. “Sex Machine”
9. “Wonder Why”
10. “Sunny Somewhere”
11. “Kellyanne”
12. “Heartless”
13. “Rhinoceros”
14. “Everything Is Forgiven”