Mackenzie Shivers has revealed her newest single, “Island Ave” from her upcoming Funeral Singer EP, due in early 2022. The single has an accompanying lyric video. The new EP will follow on from her third full-length album, Rejection Letter, which arrived in April 2021.
The artist gives some background on creating “Island Ave”:
“I wrote ‘Island Ave’ during the surreal slice of time when I was quarantining on Cape Cod at the height of the pandemic. It was my first week staying there, and I reached for my guitar and started messing around with a finger picking pattern. I had never written on guitar before, but this song seemed to manifest itself. The hypnotic chord progression and lyrics felt a bit like an old folk ballad, matching the gray skies, damp air and a mood that was simultaneously peaceful and unnerving. In the off-season, Cape Cod felt more like the English Moors, a weird fever dream. I was living in a brand new place, and we were all living in the uncertainty of the unknown.”
Mackenzie Shivers has also contributed two original arrangements of the holiday classics, “The First Noel” and “I Saw Three Ships” for the Pinch Records compilation, A Merry Pinchmas.