Amanda Shires conjures a distinctly British flavor on her new song “When You’re Gone,” released ahead of her third album My Piece of Land. Produced by Dave Cobb, My Piece of Land arrives September 16th.
Shires describes the ordinary, mundane sounds turning ominous and lonesome in someone’s absence: she notices the AC exhaling and thinks she can hear the lilies bending at night, while she coos a lovely dream-pop melody that could have come from a Radiohead song. “It’s a different kind of quiet when you’re gone,” she sings to sudden, bright bursts of multi-tracked guitar. Shires’ husband Jason Isbell, with whom she often tours as fiddle player, can be heard harmonizing with her near the song’s end.
Shires is already on tour to support the album, playing a handful of supporting dates with Isbell and Ryan Adams as well as headlining. This weekend she heads to St. Louis for the Open Highway Music Festival.