Frances Quinlan Streams Solo Debut Via NPR First Listen

Posted Jan. 28, 2020

Likewise Out January 31st On Saddle Creek

Frances Quinlan Streams Solo Debut Via NPR First Listen

Frances Quinlan of Hop Along will release Likewise this Friday via Saddle Creek, and it's already been named one of the most anticipated of 2020 by numerous outlets like Pitchfork, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Paste, and more. Starting today, the record is streaming early, in its entirety, exclusively via NPR First Listen. While Hop Along began as Quinlan's solo project (originally titled Hop Along, Queen Ansleis), Likewise is Quinlan's debut under her own name. Recorded with bandmate Joe Reinhart at Headroom Studio, Likewise sees Quinlan tap into new sounds. "Working with Joe on this made me able to better see that the guitar is just one vehicle... there are so many others to explore," Quinlan says on this collaboration, which features synthesizers, digital beats, harps, strings, and a wide variety of keyboards. This newfound openness to sonic exploration echoes the sentiments of Likewise, which is a gorgeous rumination about the universal struggles of communication and connection between human beings. Listen to the album now HERE, and pre-order physically or digitally HERE.

Frances produced all of the artwork on Likewise, including the self-portrait on the album cover, and to celebrate its release she will host a series of art galleries, which will be her first-ever solo exhibitions. The free and open-to-the-public pop-up events will showcase Frances' artwork and feature a live Q&A. These will take place in NYC tomorrow on January 29th at the Selina Chelsea, and in Los Angeles at Junior High on March 13th. For the week following album release, Selina Chelsea will also host a Frances Happy Hour, where her artwork will remain on display in the lobby and the album will be played daily at 6 pm. Also, artwork will also be displayed in the Blackwing Pop Up space in Rough Trade NYC for the month of February.

Frances Quinlan has already begun bringing Likewise on the road, and continues with more North American dates, including her sold-out NYC show on Thursday, January 30th. She will also perform a hometown show on album release day, January 31st, in Philadelphia at WXPN's Free At Noon. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets HERE.

Tracklisting
1. Piltdown Man
2. Your Reply
3. Rare Thing
4. Detroit Lake
5. A Secret
6. Went to LA
7. Lean
8. Now That I'm Back
9. Carry the Zero (Built To Spill cover)

Tour Dates
01/30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Sultan Room **SOLD OUT**
1/31 - Philadelphia, PA @ WXPN's Free At Noon
02/07 - Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem *
03/01 - San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop at Swedish American Music Hall #
03/03 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir #
03/05 - Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater #
03/06 - Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret #
03/07 - Victoria, BC @ The Rubber Boot Club #
03/11 - Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Memorial Library #
03/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Pico Union Project #
03/14 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah #
03/16-03/21 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
* = supporting Calexico and Iron & Wine
# = support from Mary Lattimore

Photo Credit: Julia Khorosilov

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