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January 16th, 2024

Louisa Stancioff Announces Debut Album ‘When We Were Looking’ – Out April 12th




New Yep Roc signing Louisa Stancioff is set to release her stunning debut album When We Were Looking
on April 12, 2024. The Maine-based artist has also shared the spare, haunting lead single “Gold”
alongside a poignant, at times fantastical Matt Gaillet-directed video.

“The song is a snapshot of a relationship’s shift. ‘Gold’ narrates the feeling of someone claiming they are sorry, when you can tell that they don’t really have the capacity to understand how you feel. I don’t think of it as a complete end to a
friendship – just a regrettable, but necessary shift when two people grow in different directions,” Stancioff
explains, adding about the video, “It’s a surreal take on shedding old skin and taking the intimidating step
to becoming your most honest self.” When We Were Looking is now available for pre-order.

Stancioff will also head out on tour next month, beginning in Belfast, ME, on February 8th. She will be
joined by Molly Parden and Eliza Edens for the majority of the shows; Stancioff’s run ends February 21st with a show at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere Zone One with Edens and Stello. A current itinerary is below and
more dates will be announced soon.

“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 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 is full of those moments. Written and
recorded through a transitional, transient period filled with 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 its bittersweet reckonings with pain, healing, acceptance, and growth. Stancioff writes with a cinematic eye, conjuring up richly detailed stagings for her emotionally-charged character studies sung with a silvery resonance.

Credit: Matt Gaillet

The songs’ 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,
snapshot-filled 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.

“I was pretty lost and confused when I was writing these songs,” Stancioff confesses. “The album was a
way for me to process everything I was going through, a way to finally close the door and move on from
some of the feelings that had been consuming me so intensely. It was a way to find a lot of beauty in
those emotions. That’s why it’s called When We Were Looking–the idea of taking a pause to see what’s
beautiful in front of you even when it’s dark, peeking into something bigger in those little moments.”


Louisa Stancioff upcoming shows
02/08 – Belfast, ME @ Underground Lounge
02/14 – Northampton, MA @ The Parlor Room*
02/15 – Cambridge, MA @ Lizard Lounge*
02/17 – Portland, ME @ One Longfellow Square*
02/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ City Winery*
02/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere Zone One^
* with Molly Parden, Eliza Edens
^ with Eliza Edens, Stello

Buy Tickets Here!

When We Were Looking tracklist

1. Gold
2. Nobody’s Watching
3. Alice
4. All Fuck’d Up
5. Emma

6. Quarantine
7. Cigarette
8. Seams
9. End Of Your Song

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