Canadian duo Tegan and Sara will release their 10th studio album, crybaby on October 21 as part of their recently announced new deal with Mom + Pop Music.
They also just shared the project’s next single – the sweet and anthemic Yellow — accompanied by a video directed by Mark Myers that playfully pays homage to Coldplay’s video for their 2000 song of the same name.
The upcoming album was co-produced by John Congleton, who has previously worked with Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, and was recorded at Studio Litho in Seattle and Sargent Recorders in Los Angeles. To create this album, the sisters worked in a different way from previous records.
“It was the first time that, while we were still writing our demos, we thought about how the songs would work together,” Tegan said. “It wasn’t even just Sara making lyrical changes or rearranging parts of my songs, it was also saying to me, ‘This song is going to be faster’ or ‘It’s going to be in a different key. .’ But Sara effectively improves everything she works on.
“Maybe I’m the renovator. I’m the house flipper for Tegan and Sara. Sara said of their creative process.
As for the new single YellowSara says the song “was written after we began to take action to heal the bruises that we’ve both carried with us since adolescence and early adulthood – wounds that have never never fully healed and that flare up seasonally, taking us back in time. Are we doomed to forever be 15, to be apart and apart? I hope not.”
She adds that the video “was shot in Vancouver, a city that didn’t seem big enough to accommodate the two of us when we first got here. Twenty-two years later, we’re back, calling it home.
The new album isn’t the duo’s only creative project. Amazon Freevee will be released High schoola new original coming-of-age series co-created and produced by Tegan and Sara and their good friend Clea DuVall.
The series is based on the critically acclaimed memoir of the twins of the same name. High school features TikTok creators and TV newcomers Railey and Seazynn Gilliland, portraying high school versions of Tegan and Sara. Special guests Cobie Smulders and Kyle Bornheimer will play the twins’ parents. The series recently wrapped filming in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The mid-level graphic novel duology is also on the horizon Tegan & Sara: middle school and Tegan & Sara: crush, written by the twins and illustrated by Eisner Prize winner Tillie Walden. The contemporary story is about identical twins growing up and growing apart, coming to terms with their homosexuality and falling in love with music during junior high school. The first volume is due out in 2023.
Tegan and Sara have chatted with OUTinPerth several times over their long career, check out our 2013 interview.
OIP staff, photo: Eluvier Acosta