Acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandy Clark continues to unveil songs from her forthcoming sophomore album Big Day in a Small Town, due out June 10th.
Following on the heels of the cheeky “Girl Next Door” is Clark’s latest, a wistful break-up treatise called “Love Can Go To Hell.” Clark tells Rolling Stone Country that it was her original choice for the first single but once she saw how radio programmers reacted to the witty and defiant “Girl Next Door” she understood why that track made more sense.
But she believes if “Girl Next Door” attracts listeners to Big Day it will be songs like “Love Can Go to Hell” — which nails the sadness and anger of the post-love life over a pretty bed of layered acoustic instruments and a chugging groove — that will continue to keep them satisfied. She credits producer Jay Joyce with giving the song a more expansive sound while preserving the integrity of her songwriting.
“That was a straight up ballad when I brought it in,” says Clark of the track. “He didn’t change the tempo of it, but he changed the energy of it in a way that makes it feel like a mid-tempo/up-tempo song where people hear it and they’re like ‘Oh my God, that’s amazing, I’ve never heard that.’” But, says Clark, “You have heard it if you know my catalog, you just haven’t heard it like this.”
Clark plays the ACM Party for a Cause concert tonight in Las Vegas and then continues on the CMT Next Women of Country tour with Jennifer Nettles.