Mackenzie Shivers Announces Single, "Believe"
“Believe,” the new single from Queens, New York singer/songwriter, Mackenzie Shivers, opens itself up like a handwritten letter kept tucked away in the drawer of the bedside table. Fueled by the fire lit by a divided political climate, Shivers acknowledges the haze in the air, the harshness of breath caused by the grey clouds of smoke lingering after the fiery blaze has subsided. It is an empathetic note as a reminder of strength and hope on a toilsome day. The single is off of the new album, The Unkindness, out February 8.
Each delicate pressing of the piano keys snaps gently like a fragile, fallen branch on the forest floor. The vocals beckon at a pensive tempo, like a spectator roaming through ashes and embers as they search for a moment of escape and solitude from the scene of smoke. Shivers sings, “But I believe in you / Whatever you may do.” The song’s sweeping piano melody fans away the flames, while fluttering vocals cut through the smog revealing a demure violin reaching out through the wispy tendrils of smoke like a comforting companion.
The Unkindness stands like a powerful army, a collection of songs with resilient soldiers on the battle lines fighting against the “unkindness” that appears in the world. Songs like “Believe,” “The Unkindness” and “Better” were forged in the fires of feminism after major cultural and political shifts including the Me Too movement and the 2016 election. The album as whole pledges a therapeutic commentary on the harsh realities that surface and spread like wildfire on the world. Like coping with the “unkindness” all around us, Shivers conveys the realness and rawness of hands joining in unity and marching forward.
This is Shivers’ first time being listed as a producer on a project, further injecting more of her own personal creative vision into the heart of each song. Although the album is deeply personal, her production contributions and passion for songwriting allowed for a very specific and cohesive mood. Rather than focusing on making each take perfect, Shivers emphasized the importance of capturing the story being told.
The Unkindness Track Listing
- The Canyon
- Tears to Keep Me Warm
- Middle of the Night
- Mr. Jones
- The Unkindness
- See You Soon
About Mackenzie Shivers:
Mackenzie Shivers started writing music when she was four years old and started piano lessons when she was five. She received a degree in music composition from the Blair School of Music, while studying piano, voice, and orchestration. She released her first album Neverland in 2014, and two EPs, Living in my Head in 2016 and Ravens in 2017. While playing in a handful of other New York-based bands, she is now ready for her sophomore album, The Unkindness. Shivers is featured as a producer on the album, which is out in February of 2019, and it was mastered, engineered and mixed by Kevin Salem, who has worked with Rachael Yamagata, Bat for Lashes, and Valerie June.