Brandi Carlile meditates on the closest kind of companionship in “The Mother”

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Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist
Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist

After announcing her forthcoming album By The Way, I Forgive You with lead single “The Joke,” singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is back with another new song. “The Mother” is an achingly heartfelt and quietly powerful track dedicated to Carlile’s daughter, Evangeline. Throughout the soft and winding narrative of the Americana and folk-inspired track, Carlile explores how motherhood has affected her, both as an artist and as a human. Reach for the nearest tissue box and listen below.

Carlile says of the song:

“‘Welcome to the end of being alone inside your mind…’ To some, this sounds like the realization of their most sacred dreams—true companionship. For some, this sacrifice is too much to bear and requires its own brand of radical forgiveness. For the most part and for me, it’s equal measures of both. I am not just a mother, but it’s all that I am.”

By The Way, I Forgive You is out February 16 on Elektra Records. Brandi Carlile’s tour behind the album makes a Philly stop at the Merriam Theater on May 18. Tickets are on sale now; find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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