Song Premiere: City and Colour - "Lover Come Back"

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“I am warm enough yet still I shiver,” sings Dallas Green as City and Colour. “I am fed but still I starve.” Green’s soulful vocal captures the painfully human duality of “Lover Come Back,” a gorgeous, R&B-tinged torch song split evenly between joyous, earnest affection and yearning, lovesick sadness.

“Lover Come Back” is the eighth track from the forthcoming If I Should Go Before You, Green’s fifth album as City and Colour. The record follows 2013’s catchy and carefully crafted The Hurry and The Harm, which found widespread success both commercial and critical. Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville and produced by Green, If I Should Go Before You features Green’s trusty touring band acting as studio players, a first for City and Colour.

Green, long an introspective, solitary writer, preferred to demo songs in his basement, working up all of his own instrumentals. But Green considers If I Should Go Before You “a band record” through and through, the creation of which would not have been possible without the input of his close-knit group of comrades. The album includes Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) on bass, Dante Schwebel (Spanish Gold, Dan Auerbach) on guitar, Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums and Matt Kelly on pedal steel guitar and keys, all of whom have a chance to shine on “Lover Come Back.”

If I Should Go Before You also represents Green’s undeniably successful efforts to recreate City and Colour’s live-show symbiosis in the studio. “Anybody who has seen us play will understand that this is the best representation of what we do live that we have ever recorded,” says Green. “I was so excited about being able to make and record an album with these guys that it just flowed. I felt so confident about their abilities to make all of my ideas come true.”

If I Should Go Before You comes out Oct. 9 via Dine Alone Records. Check out the album tracklist and City and Colour’s tour dates below, with additional shows to be announced.

If I Should Go Before You Tracklist
1. Woman
2. Northern Blues
3. Mizzy C
4. If I Should Go Before You
5. Killing Time
6. Wasted Love
7. Runaway
8. Lover Come Back
9. Map Of The World
10. Friends
11. Blood

City and Colour Tour Dates
November
5 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore*
6 – Chicago, Ill. @ Metro*
7 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Ave*
9 – Denver, Colo. @ The Ogden Theatre*
12 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater*
13 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre *
15 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
16 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues*
18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium*

December
2 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE†
3 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre†
4 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre†
5 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues†
7 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom†
8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre†
10 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5†
11 – Washington, DC @ Echo Stage†
12 – Richmond, VA @ The National†
13 – Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium†

*With Hurray for the Riff Raff
†With Bahamas

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