Title - 'Babygirl'
Artist - CF Watkins
For those unaware, Americana-pop singer-songwriter, CF Watkins, has announced her new album, Babygirl, due out October 16th, 2020, on Whatever’s Clever Records.
The first single, 'Frances,' is out now and showcases Watkins’ signature style, melding folk and country references with contemporary pop.
Based in Brooklyn for the past nine years, Watkins’ Americana-pop style embodies the influences of her North Carolina roots. Performing since the age of fourteen, she has shared the stage with acts like Langhorne Slim, Future Birds, Chatham County Line, Wilder Maker, Lowland Hum, and Alpenglow.
Her 2016 debut release, I Am New, as well as the single, 'Frances and Jack,' were produced by Daniel Goans of Lowland Hum at White Star Studios.
Filled with conscious themes of empowerment, Babygirl (and its title track), are both a coming of age story and an ode to female friendship. “Romances have come in and out of my life,” says Watkins, “But through it all, the relationships that continue to open my heart the most are grounded in the women I’ve known.”
1. 'The Tell'
7. 'Come Around'
9. 'New Hampshire'
10. 'Little Thing'
11. 'White Nights'
Opening on the drum-led, quietly mid-tempo lushness of 'The Tell,' that then bleeds seamlessly into the stroll and roll of 'Changeable,' the euphoric ambiance of the title track 'Babygirl,' the stoically evolving 'Dogwood,' and then the smoothly orchestrated, mid-tempo guitar work of 'Holly' is brought forth.
The foot-tappin', train-tracked vibe of 'Frances' (a song about Watkins’ late grandmother, whom she never met) is a stand out track here, and that's backed by the free flowing majesty of 'Come Around,' the fiddle-imbued 'Westfield,' rounding out with the upbeat ballad 'New Hampshire,' the infectious groove of 'Little Thing,' coming to a close on the passively emotive ballad 'White Nights.'
Watkins describes Babygirl as “... an album meant for other women to hear - with songs that are vulnerable and powerful. Sometimes that meant turning a feeling of self-consciousness and lack of confidence into a sort of rallying cry,” which is abundantly evident on 'The Tell.'
"I was not feeling confident about myself when I sat down to write, but instead of writing about that, I decided to write it as if I was confident, as if I knew I was enough, as if I believed I didn’t need anyone’s approval - because I thought the more I sang it, the more I might start to believe it.”
For the recording of Babygirl, Watkins collaborated with Max Hart, a producer and multi-instrumentalist who has previously worked with artists like The War On Drugs, Katy Perry, and Melissa Etheridge.
The album portrays her growth as both a person and a woman. “When I think about my last album, I feel I was writing songs about weakness,” Watkins says. “With this album, I made a conscious effort to write songs about the power of choosing yourself.”
'The Tell' Official Music Video
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