Earlier this week, beloved alt pop duo Tegan and Sara announced that their new album Hey, I’m Just Like You will arrive on September 27th.
A recent Facebook post explains that the identical twin sisters Tegan Quin and Sara Quin were inspired to record the album when they discovered two long-forgotten cassette tapes full of demos they recorded between the ages of fifteen and seventeen — they came across the tapes while working on their new memoir High School, which will also come out in September.
“Defiant and melodramatic,” the sisters describe, “the songs captured the exultation and grief of first loves, first losses, ecstatic kiss-offs, and psychedelic tributes to the friendships we had as teenagers.”
The two Quins, both singers and multi-instrumentalists, constructed their new album using selections from many of these raw demos, adding just a few new sections to the existing material. “In some cases, Sara sings songs I wrote,” Tegan explains, “and in other cases I sing songs she wrote. For the first time ever, we share vocal duties on a handful of songs making them the first truly ‘Tegan AND Sara’ songs.”
The post also notes that Hey, I’m Just Like You will be the first Tegan and Sara album “produced, performed, engineered, mixed, and mastered by a team of all women.”
The Canadian duo have been recording and performing together as Tegan and Sara for over twenty years — their first album, Under Feet Like Ours, came out in 1999 — and have contributed to advocacy for gender justice and the LGBTQ community throughout that time. In 2017, they founded the Tegan and Sara Foundation to fight “for health, economic justice and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.”
Tegan and Sara’s last full-length release was Love You To Death in 2016. In 2017, they released a compilation of other artists covering songs from their 2007 album The Con as a celebration of its tenth anniversary. Hey, I’m Just Like You will come out September 27th on Sire, and their new memoir High School will come out on September 24th.
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