Mackenzie Shivers Announces Single, "Tears to Keep Me Warm"
The new single from Mackenzie Shivers vaults across the piano in a rhythmically triumphant leap. “Tears to Keep Me Warm” combines synth bass with drums and a looping piano that underpins her classical training with an emotional essence that blossom together like bright buds as they bloom atop a proud and prolific tree. “Tears to Keep Me Warm” is the second single off the upcoming album, The Unkindness, out February 8.
Shivers wrote “Tears to Keep Me Warm” while traveling in New York, with her mind wandering and soul reaching out into the universe for inspiration. She explains, “I remember writing these lyrics when I was waiting for the 7 train in Queens. As they came flooding into my head I had this image of someone crying these big, warm tears. The idea that tears can actually keep you warm is of course tongue-in-cheek, but there’s also truth in this idea that when things are really tough, the pain you feel is very real, and in a way it can become your companion. Vulnerability is a sign of strength, and letting yourself feel upset or angry is an important step to towards making it through to the other side.” The wind-swept melody cradles Shivers’ voice through the cadence of time and punctuates each stanza with a purposeful staccato.
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.
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. She has been featured in blogs like The Deli Magazine and Ear To The Ground.