Everything We Know About I’m With Her’s Debut Album, ‘See You Around’
Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan have voices like angels, but the three talented musicians that make up the band I'm With Her offer up a tracklist on their debut album, See You Around, that belies their innocent sound. Their music is part carefree, independent woman, part heartbroken bada--; friends that go way back, through criss-crossing careers, the trio has come together to sing the story of their deep musical roots.
"We all feel immensely fortunate to be in this band together," I'm WIth Her say in a press release. "As longtime friends and fans of each other's music, it's been wonderful to realize that writing and collaborating together fits so seamlessly into our lives. And now, we're so excited to get to tour and share the work we've done as a band with our debut album, See You Around."
Read on to learn more about this folk supergroup's debut album.
See You Around is the casual farewell that I'm With Her sing on their debut album's title track, a goodbye to a heartbreaker.
"I'll see you around / Breaking like the waves down on the coastline / Breaking like the wine-stained glass that held my drink / Breaking like the heart that's stuck inside my skin," goes the song "See You Around." "Will it ever beat again, or just go on bleeding 'til it's empty / 'Til I fill it up again?"
The Release Date
See You Around is set for release on Feb. 16. The album is available for pre-order.
The Record Label
I'm With Her's debut album will be released on Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.
The Album Cover
The See You Around album cover is a photo of Jarosz, O'Donovan and Watkins. The three sit in lawn chairs, sporting warm-weather outfits and sunglasses, in front of a pile of greenery and underneath a cloudless blue sky.
See You Around was co-produced by Ethan Johns (who has worked with greats such as Ryan Adams and Paul McCartney) and I'm With Her's three members. They recorded the album at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, England.
See You Around's title track was released as the album's first single.
“It’s about coming to the end of a long relationship where you both run in the same circles, and that melancholy feeling of knowing you’re going to have to keep seeing that person again and again,” Jarosz explains about the song "See You Around."
The album's second single is "Game to Lose," and a third song, "Overland," has also been released.
In addition to the Gillian Welch-penned "Hundred Miles," the songs on See You Around are 11 original tunes written by the band. Watkins, Jarosz and O'Donovan began writing together after an impromptu show that threw them together at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2014; in 2015, they found a secluded farmhouse in Vermont, where they spent more than a week cut off from society, writing music.
“We were completely on lockdown and didn’t interact with another human being for eight days,” says O’Donovan. “If you can get through that and, at the end, still be so excited about what you’re doing, then that says a lot about the whole creative flow as a band.”
Adds Jarosz, “A lot of times you approach songwriting as a solitary act, or maybe choose to write with one other person you feel comfortable with. It’s a whole other beast to have three people writing together, juggling all these different ideas and personalities. But somehow for us, all of the songwriting was just so seamless.”
Continues Watkins, “When you’re arranging a song, you’re communicating in ways that sometimes can be really inefficient. But with us it felt like we were all in a similar rhythm.”
I'm With Her, See You Around Track Listing:
- "See You Around"
- "Game to Lose"
- "Ain't That Fine"
- "Wild One"
- "Ryland (Under the Apple Tree)"
- "Crescent City"
- "Close It Down"
- "Hundred Miles"
I'm With Her kicked off an extensive worldwide tour in January. Fans can visit ImWithHerBand.com to get more details.
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