This is the delicate, acoustic sound of Gemma Laurence, her first single for a couple of years. It’s called ‘Adrienne’. This is a song that recalls moments in a love affair, no bitterness involved. It’s rather lovely so check it out. Then go to the Clunk Back and Forth interview with Gemma to find out more.
Gemma Laurence is ready to come out now. After eighteen months holed up on the coast of Maine, the indie folk artist emerged from isolation with a stack of scribbled-in notebooks and dog-eared classics, a lingering smell of woodsmoke in her hair, and a collection of eight songs held tightly underneath her arm. And now, we present the first of the collection: “Adrienne.”
Opening up about her queerness for the first time in her music, Laurence paints a picture of a past lover with disarming vulnerability and tenderness. Inspired by a line in Adrienne Rich’s Twenty-One Love Poems (“You’ve kissed my hair to wake me. I dreamed you were a poem, I say, a poem I wanted to show someone…”), “Adrienne” transports listeners to the exact moment in time in which the song was set – a shared twin-sized bed at 6 A.M., sunlight dancing across the walls, coffee boiling on the stove, the taste of sweet rum lingering from the night before. Recounting these fleeting images with razor-sharp precision, Laurence draws listeners into her world with her unique gift for storytelling.
If you want to get to know Gemma a little more then go to the Clunk Back and Forth interview.