Spring Summer, is the new musical project of Jennifer Furches, she recently announced her new album, T.E.A.R.S, will drop on on July 15th, 2022. The album produced by Jenny lee Lindberg (Warpaint) and engineered Tim Sonnefeld (Elvis Costello), features her longtime Coconut Records collaborator Jason Schwartzman on drums and Sonnefeld on synths. “There’s a running theme on the album of losing yourself in another person, and this song is about the push-and-pull between the feeling of ‘I would do anything for you’ and ‘I can’t do anything for you, I need to be strong and do things for me,’” explains Fuches. Sortland, who produced the video remotely using miniature sets—including a framed cabin picture designed by artist Tahiti Pehrson—during the COVID-19 lockdown, explains, “There was no clear idea when we could safely team up. After this had stalled the project for some time, I proposed that Jennifer shoot her scenes remotely, and I’d connect her shots with my miniature sets from home.”
Spring Summer has also announced a handful of July shows to celebrate T.E.A.R.S, including an album release show on July 19th in Los Angeles at The Airliner and a stop at New York City’s Berlin on July 26th. A current itinerary is below.
On T.E.A.R.S, Spring Summer looks back on pivotal moments in her near and distant past: minor heartaches and shattering disappointments, life-altering tragedy and the pure euphoria of emergent love. But the 10-song project also marks a monumental leap forward after years of creative stasis for the North Carolina-born Furches. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist who spent much of the aughts playing with artists Cass McCombs, Coconut Records, and Ben Lee, she’d devoted the following decade to raising her three young children but soon felt inescapably compelled to make music again. “I was missing it so much, in a way that was making me kind of crazy,” she recalls. It wasn’t until Furches culled through a decade of quick demos she’d made when the kids were sleeping that she realized she’d actually been recording tons of music over the years. “I started collecting those pieces and building them up into songs, and it slowly led me back to a huge part of myself I thought was lost.”
T.E.A.R.S transforms that vast reserve of song sketches into a lavishly orchestrated body of work, mainly recorded in her part-time home of Los Angeles and in close collaboration with Lindberg. “It was so inspiring to watch Jen take these little folk songs I’d written and try out all her ideas until they’d taken on a life of their own—it felt like some sort of magic was happening,” Furches notes. Lindberg adds, “It was my first time producing a project that wasn’t mine. There’s nothing like collaborating with your best friends—only this time I was on the other side. I saw and heard things from a completely different perspective. We broke new ground with one another, both out of our comfort zone trying to break the mold and discover new ways to express, and having a gosh darn blast doing it, which was a very sweet relief.” Furches, who often recorded on her own when family obligations kept her from trekking down to Los Angeles, also recruited Schwartzman to help shape the album’s mercurial form of indie-rock. He played drums on all but two songs and co-produced a few others, while James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins) co-wrote and produced album track “Show Yourself Out.” Rooted in the refined musicality she first honed by playing ‘70s folk and rock songs on guitar with her father growing up, the result is a dazzling showcase for Furches’ raw yet eloquent songwriting, and her captivating, dulcet voice.
Furches’s return to music has coincided with the revitalization of her career as a script supervisor for major feature films and commercials, a confluence of events she regards as a highly transformational period in her life. “Juggling three kids, working on a movie, and finishing a record all at the same time was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, but it’s already been so rewarding to share this part of me with my family,” she says. “When I came home from a trip to LA during that time, my daughter raced over to show me a song she had written. Music has become something we can do together—before that the kids didn’t even know I played music! The stress and guilt I felt when things got hectic faded when I realized I was showing my kids how important it is—for all the reasons—to pursue their own dreams.”
2. It’s Always Been You
4. Show Yourself Out
5. Last One
6. Not Long Ago
7. Bitter Cold
8. I Told You It’s Over
9. Small Town
Spring Summer 2022 Tour Dates