When Rosie Thomas started the recording process for her upcoming album, With Love, producer and collaborator David Bazan gave her a homework assignment: List every singer and song that she loved, even those she might consider guilty pleasures.
The list included some not-so-surprising artists like Joni Mitchell and Linda Rondstadt, whose influences are obvious in Thomas’ music. But some of the songs and artists on her list were more surprising, which included Bette Midler and Whitney Houston, and it made her take a different approach to writing on her upcoming album, With Love .
“The process was refreshing,” Thomas said about the new approach to recording. “(Bazan) challenged me to show more of my personality this time around, and just like Sam (Beam of Iron and Wine), he pushed me to ‘belt it out.’”
The result is an album of songs that are undeniably Thomas’, but augmented with sounds of Bazan, Beam, Blake Wescott of the Posies, and members of Sufjan Stevens’ band. The album, With Love, will be released Feb. 14 on Sing-A-Long Records. It features the same qualities that introduced Thomas to her fans: strong vocals, intelligent observations and tempting hooks.
And now you can take a listen to “Where Was I,” the opening track on the upcoming With Love. “Where Was I” is a sparse, piano-driven track that pulls Thomas’ more confident vocal approach to the front of the track.
You can take a listen to “Where Was I” below, where you can also see Thomas’ upcoming tour dates.
15 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ World Cafe Live
16 – Vienna, Va. @ Jammin’ Java
17 – Chapel Hill, N.C. @ Nightlight
18 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Red Light Cafe
20 – Nashville, Tenn. @ 12th and Porter
21 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Old Rock House
23 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Turf Club
24 – Madison, Wis. @ University of Wisconsin
25 – Chicago, Ill. @ Schuba’s
26 – Ann Arbor, Mich. @ The Ark
27 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Covenant Fine Arts Center
28 – Akron, Ohio @ Musica
30 – Boston, Mass. @ Cafe 939 at Berklee College of Music
31 – New York, N.Y. @ Joe’s Pub