Accompanied by a lyric video, “Long Sleeves” will appear on the 20-year-old artist’s highly anticipated debut project minor, due out on June 16th. Pre-save and pre-add minor HERE.
“Long Sleeves is the song I’ve been trying to write since I was 14,” says Abrams. “Finishing this one felt like I could actually breathe differently. I’d never really felt closure like that before.” “Long Sleeves” is available now via Interscope Records at all digital retailers.
Written by Abrams and Blake Slatkin (who also served as the song’s producer) and featuring string contributions from acclaimed instrumentalist/composer Rob Moose (Bon Iver, FKA twigs), “Long Sleeves” presents a finely detailed portrait of saying goodbye, each line illuminated by the quiet power of Abrams’s voice. With its stark yet dreamlike sonic backdrop, the track builds a beautiful tension between the pain of letting go and the clarity of following your own truth.
“Long Sleeves” is the last single release before her debut project, minor, arrives in June. Executive-produced by Slatkin, minor includes the previously released singles “21” and “I miss you, I’m sorry” — an emotionally potent track whose homemade lyric video has emerged as Abrams’s most viewed video to date. Now at over 3 million views on YouTube, the highly personal visual has drawn an incredible response from fans, with many commenting to share their own stories of loss and longing.
While minor unfolds with a gorgeously textured and elegantly arranged sound, each of its songs preserves the understated intimacy of the bedroom demos that first earned Abrams a devoted following. As she revealed in a recent interview with Pigeons & Planes, that dynamic is the direct result of resolutely following her intuition as an artist. “If you have to force anything when you’re making a song, then it’s not worth it,” Abrams said. “I’ve thrown songs away because I felt like they didn’t happen naturally.” minor track listing and artwork to be revealed soon.
Named an artist to watch by Pigeons & Planes, Fader and iD,— and hailed as one of seven breakout female musicians by Vogue UK — Abrams considers herself a songwriter, first and foremost. She was recently invited to participate in a tribute to The 1975 along with Clairo, Phoebe Bridgers, Beabadoobee and more. Her cover of “Somebody Else” went out on IGTV in partnership with The Face.
Over the years, Abrams has shared homespun clips of her songs on social media, amassing over 290k followers on Instagram before she’d even released her first song. Last fall, Abrams made her official debut with “Mean It” — an intensely vulnerable track that’s now surpassed 5 million streams on Spotify.