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The new album - out February 12

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  • Aerial East - Katharine

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    Try Harder
    Aerial East
    Partisan Records
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    February 12, 2021
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      Limited edition gold vinyl. Single sleeve packaging with printed inner sleeve. Includes digital download of Try Harder.

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    Warm and wistful, unvarnished and intimate, Aerial East makes anthems for sitting in our own groundlessness and finding a specific peace within it. Her new album ‘Try Harder,’ draws from East’s teenage years in suburban Texas, resulting in a beautiful ode to those of us who feel like our edges are rough, that perhaps we don’t always quite fit in.

    Through deceptively simple lyrics and a conspicuous absence of percussion, ‘Try Harder’ is a tight yet eclectic collection of songs, both sonically and emotionally. East dives into what she has known - adolescence, heartbreak, coming into a new social consciousness, and managing a perpetual feeling of unanchored-ness – in the hopes to tell stories we don’t hear often.

    On album highlight “Katharine,” East offers a touching reflection on a once meaningful friendship now long faded. The string-laden “The Things We Build” is simultaneously weightless and profound, as East struggles to find a sense of belonging and ownership in both a relationship and life in general. Elsewhere, acclaimed Brooklyn-via-Norway singer Okay Kaya lends guest vocals to the delicate and cutting “Jonas Said”. East visualized ‘Try Harder’ as feeling like the desert at night, explaining: “I wanted it to be healing and calm, something you can listen to even if the world is ending. Western, but quiet and intimate. I wanted it to have gravity but didn’t want it to be heavy.”

    Try Harder will be released on 12 February 2021 on Partisan Records.

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Try Harder 3:16 Buy

      Try Harder

    2. 2 The Things We Build 3:26
    3. 3 Katharine 3:27 Buy


    4. 4 Doin Somethin 2:35
    5. 5 I Love Dick 4:09
    6. 6 San Angelo 2:13
    7. 7 Blue 3:43
    8. 8 Angry Man 3:32
    9. 9 Ryan 2:40
    10. 10 Jonas Said 1:26
    11. 11 Brennen 2:49
    12. 12 Be Leavin 3:04

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