NPR‘s Bob Boilen has a stream of Allen Tate‘s “Being Alone,” which premiered on All Songs Considered in advance of new LP Sleepwalker. After describing Tate’s voice as “deep” and “dreamy,” Boilen explains that the album was written in Copenhagen and produced by Tate’s longtime friend and San Fermin bandmate Ellis Ludwig-Leone. He also shares a quote from Tate about the origin of the song: “I was watching swans swimming on the lakes in Copenhagen. I started thinking about how hunters use mating calls to lure out their prey. So, to a swan or goose, the call of a lover and the call of a hunter might sound identical. What sounds like love just might be death, and there’s only one way to know for sure.” This dark yet enticing mood can definitely be heard on “Being Alone” and throughout Sleepwalker. Hear the single right here!
Tate’s warm voice and the spare, direct songwriting on this album make for great listening as the seasons change. Get Sleepwalker in rotation now.