Julie Byrne
Julie Byrne, photo by Tonje Thilesen

Julie Byrne Announces Tour and First Album in 6 Years, Shares New Video: Watch

“Summer Glass” leads The Greater Wings, the singer-songwriter’s long-awaited follow-up to 2017’s Not Even Happiness

Julie Byrne has announced a new album, her first in six years. It’s titled The Greater Wings and it’s out July 7 via Ghostly International. She’s also shared a single titled “Summer Glass” and announced several tour dates in support of The Greater Wings. Check out the video for “Summer Glass,” the album tracklist, and Byrne’s tour schedule below.

In a press release, Byrne shared a brief statement about her latest LP:

My hope for The Greater Wings is that it lives as a love letter to my chosen family and as an expression of the depth of my commitment to our shared future. Being reshaped by grief also has me more aware of what death does not take from me. I commit that to heart, to words, to sound. Music is not bound to any kind of linear time, so in the capacity to record and speak to the future: This is what it felt like to me, when we were simultaneous, alive, occurring all at once. What it has felt like to go up against my edge and push, the love that has made it worth all this fight. These memories are my values, they belong with me.

Since issuing Not Even Happiness in 2017, Byrne has made a handful of guest appearances on other tracks. Last year, she appeared on “Glass Jaw” by the New York duo Leya, after she’d joined Hundred Waters’ Trayer Tryon for “New Forever” in 2020. The same year, Byrne and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma collaborated on the single “Love’s Refrain.”

Byrne worked on The Greater Wings in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. She began to record the album with her Not Even Happiness collaborator Eric Littmann before his death in June 2021. Byrne finished the album with producer Alex Somers in the Catskills.

Julie Byrne: The Greater Wings

The Greater Wings:

01 The Greater Wings
02 Portrait of a Clear Day
03 Moonless
04 Summer Glass
05 Summer’s End
06 Lightning Comes Up From the Ground
07 Flare
08 Conversation Is a Flowstate 
09 Hope’s Return
10 Death Is the Diamond

Julie Byrne:

07-23 Hebden, England - Bridge Trades Club
07-26 London, England - Kings Place Hall
07-28 Brighton, England - St Barts
08-18-20 Brecon Beacons, Wales - Green Man Festival
09-05 Seattle, WA - Fremont Abbey
09-06 Portland, OR - Polaris Hall
09-08 San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall
09-09 Felton, CA - Felton Music Hall
09-12 Los Angeles, CA Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
09-14 Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet’s
09-19 Washington, D.C. - Songbyrd
09-20 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church (Sanctuary)
09-21 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
09-29 Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
09-30 Somerville, MA - Crystal Ballroom

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