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When We Were Looking
  • Artist: Louisa Stancioff
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457126909
  • Item #: 2619533X
  • Genre: Folk
  • Release Date: 4/12/2024
  • This product is a special order
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When We Were Looking on CD

There are times in life when you're so present, so fully immersed in the moment that you can catch a glimpse of another universe, of a realm beyond our own," says Louisa Stancioff. "It might last for a second or an hour, it might come in the midst of bliss or sadness, you might be alone or with a lover, but when it happens, there's nothing quite like it." When We Were Looking, Stancioff's stunning Yep Roc debut, is full of those moments. Written and recorded through a period of deep heartbreak and uncertainty, the collection is the raw and unflinching work of a nomadic soul who spent stints living in Alaska, California, New York, and North Carolina before returning home to her native Maine, one that holds nothing back in it's bittersweet reckonings with pain, healing, acceptance, and growth. Stancioff writes with a cinematic eye here, conjuring up richly detailed stagings for her emotionally-charged character studies, and the guitar-and-synth-focused arrangements are immersive and nuanced to match, thanks in part to the evocative sonic landscaping of producer/keyboardist Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Craig Finn), who proves to be an ideal creative foil on the record. Add it all up and you've got a dreamy, nostalgic Polaroid of an album that blurs the lines between indie stoicism and folk sincerity, a lush, cathartic work that hints at everything from Phoebe Bridgers and Arlo Parks to Big Thief and Waxahatchee as it learns to find the beauty in grief and rebirth. EXPLICIT