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But There's Still The Moon

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The truth is all these rhymes barely hold me together But I still try to bare it through the bad weather Winter’s harsh sting so unforgiving Inside hiding it’s okay, don’t want to be seen But there’s still the moon and I still really love the color blue and after the quiet comes I still have my baby’s sleepy hum Losing what my hurt brings Keeping my best thing to myself Losing what my hurt brings Keeping my worst thing to myself Leave my body with anyone but me I can’t be responsible you see This whole time passing as a boss all the while just a little lost

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“The truth is all these rhymes / barely hold me together,” Tasha begins, in her new single "But There's Still The Moon", her rich alto cutting through a veil of accompaniment. Written in early 2019, this single takes the optimistic message of gentleness that pervaded Alone at Last and examines its vulnerable underbelly. “Inside hiding / it’s ok, don’t want to be seen,” she concludes, musing on the paradox of what she shares publicly and holds privately. Released of the obligation of optimism, this song is a deep inhale of lung-filling breath, a meditation on a difficult tenderness. Tasha shares a raw honesty while cradling the listener loosely in her arms.

Reflecting on the lunar subject of this song, Tasha says “for me, the moon is reliable, beautiful, it’s anchoring.” Despite the wearying trials of daily life, when confronted with the often unexpected sight of the moon through her bedroom window, there’s a sense of stability. “There she is,” Tasha reassures herself, comparing the moon’s luminous presence to a sigh of relief. And so, as the bridge slowly builds in heart-clenching urgency Tasha reminds herself ―“there’s still the moon / and I still really love the color blue,” before losing herself in a dizzying crescendo chorus.

Her first release since debut album Alone at Last (Father/Daughter), "But There's Still The Moon" represents less a departure and more a deepening. Reflecting on the last eighteen months of music-making and touring, playing alongside bands like Helado Negro, Madison McFerrin and others, Tasha turns inward, braiding her characteristic vocal swooning with a focus on fresh, folk-inspired but forward facing instrumental minimalism. This is a self-contained hymn, an ode to vulnerability and growth, sung to remind oneself of their own tenderness, whether painful, beautiful, or both.

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released April 6, 2020

Written by Tasha Viets-VanLear
Recorded + mixed by Michael Mac at Pallet Sound (Chicago, IL)
Produced by Michael Mac and Tasha Viets-VanLear
Drums by Ashley Guerrero
Mastered by Brok Mende

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