Friday, July 10, 2020
– Mary Chapin Carpenter's new single, "Secret Keepers," is out today.
The song is the latest unveiled from Carpenter's new album, "The Dirt And The Stars," out Aug. 7 on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers.
Carpenter said, "'Secret Keepers' is about holding onto things that feel too dangerous to let go of, too perilous to share, too complex to shine a light upon. The deeper you think you've buried something, the more power it seems to have over your life. The scars may be invisible, but that doesn't mean the pain that caused them has disappeared. It's a constant reminder to be kind out in the world, because you never really know what someone is carrying around."
The album was produced by Ethan Johns (Ray LaMontagne, Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon) and recorded entirely live at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, England.
"The Dirt And The Stars," an 11-song collection, marks Carpenter's first collection of all-new material since 2016's "The Things That We Are Made Of." In 2018, Carpenter released "Sometimes Just The Sky." Produced by Johns at Real World Studios, the record celebrated her 30-year recording career with new versions of her songs and one new song, which became the title track.
"The writer Margaret Renkl once said, 'We are all in the process of becoming.' That doesn't stop at a certain age. To be always a student of art and music and life, as she says, that, to me, is what makes life worth living. It's certainly what makes me want to still write songs. No sugar coating, the songs are very personal and they're difficult in some ways, and definitely come from places of pain and self-illumination, but also places of joy, discovery and the rewards of self- knowledge. They arrived from looking outward as much as inward, speaking to life changes, growing older, politics, compassion, #metoo, heartbreak, empathy, the power of memory, time and place. So, I suppose I could say there are many themes, but they all come back to that initial idea that we are all constantly 'becoming' through art and expression."