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Vagabon Shares Stylish Video for “Water Me Down”

Vagabon Due Out October 18 via Nonesuch

Sep 16, 2019
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Vagabon (aka Lætitia Tamko) is releasing a new self-titled album on October 18 via Nonesuch. Now she has shared a stylish video for the previously shared single "Water Me Down" (which was one of our Songs of the Week). Maegan Houang directed the video, which features Tamko and two dancers in various outfits and sets. Watch it below, followed by Vagabon's upcoming tour dates.

Tamko had this to say about the video in a press release: "With the 'Water Me Down' video, I knew I wanted to make a visual with striking vignettes, I wanted the colors to reflect those that illuminate my album cover, I worked with film again, as I have with all my videos so far, this time we went with 16mm. And I wanted to flex a muscle I haven't shared yet, dancing. Derek Nemecheck, my choreographer, and I worked together on movement. We never strayed from the dancing that felt natural in my body and it was so rewarding. Director Maegan Houang executed these ideas beautifully."

Houang had this to say: "We worked with Derek Nemechek to choreograph movement that went from feeling rigid and structured to something more free form. Lighting, camera movement, costume design, color and set changes then served to accentuate the transformation Laetitia undergoes, finally allowing herself to be free and alone from people that hold her back."

Tamko previously had this to say about the song in an older press release: "I wrote 'Water Me Down' in a stream of consciousness way in the few minutes following a frustrating phone call with someone. Coincidentally, I was at my friend Eric Litmann's house who has a recording setup in his bedroom. I sat on his bed on a winter NYC night with a standard 58 mic up close to my face, and laid down the bulk of this song that night. We then went in and collaborated on the different textures... I tackled drums, arrangement, melodies and production. Eric played the synths and handled co-production. My intention with 'Water Me Down' was to create a playground in which to explore difficult feelings with confidence, triumph and foresight."

Previously the album was titled All the Women in Me and due out September 27, but in August Tamko announced that the album title and release date were both changing. Also, the album's first single was originally titled "Flood Hands" but was then changed simply to "Flood" and another track from the album had a title change from "All The Women" to "Every Woman." The lyrics for both songs were also changed. This was all because a poet wouldn't give Tamko her blessing to reference her work in the songs.

"My original album title and two lyrics were inspired by and referenced poetry by a writer I greatly admire, Nayyirah Waheed," Tamko said in a previous press statement about the changes to her album. "When I learned that she preferred I not quote her words, I made changes out of respect for her wishes."

Vagabon is Vagabon's second album, the follow-up to her 2017-released debut Infinite Worlds, and is her first for Nonesuch. Tamko wrote and produced the entire album herself. "Flood Hands" (or "Flood" now) was one of our Songs of the Week.

In a previous press release Tamko set the scene for where she was at prior to recording the new album: "I was in a pretty tortured headspace when I returned home from touring Infinite Worlds. That album contained some of the first songs I'd ever written, and more people than I could have ever imagined heard it. I was proud to become a full-time musician and recognized how rare of a thing that is, but was also debilitated by the very same fact. Fear overtook me and I couldn't write. I felt stagnant and unsure of what to do next."

Unlike Infinite Worlds, Vagabon has less of a straight up indie rock guitar sound, with more electronic textures. "With this album, I wanted to impress myself," Tamko said in the previous press release. "I wanted to be curious and I wanted to make big leaps as a producer. All I had access to on the road was my computer and Logic, so naturally I started writing songs electronically with what was at hand."

Tamko added: "The drums and vocal forward approach I took on [Vagabon] is drawn from my love for rap and hip-hop production as well as R&B and folk storytelling. That's the music that got me excited about writing again."

Vagabon Dates:

10/15 - Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust
10/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Pico Union Project
10/21 - London, UK @ St. Pancras Old Church 
10/22 - Brussels, BE @ Autumn Falls @ Botanique - Brussels (B)
10/23 - Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain 
10/24 - Paris, FR @ Hasard Ludique
10/30 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes *
10/31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall *
11/1 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre *
11/4 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *
11/5 - New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre *
11/7 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's (Levitation) *
11/8 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
11/9 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion *
11/10 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada *
11/12 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
11/13 - Madison, WI. @ The Sylvee *
11/14 - Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre *
11/15 - Detroit, MI. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre *
11/16 - Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre *
11/18 - Montreal, QC @ mTelus *
11/19 - Boston, MA @ Royale *
11/22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
12/2 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren *
12/3 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park *
12/5 - Los Angeles, CA @ Palace Theater *
12/7 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
12/9 - Portland, OR @ Roseland *
12/10 - Vancouver, BC @ The Orpheum Theatre *
12/11 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre *
12/13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *
12/14 - Denver, CO @ The Gothic Theatre *
12/15 - Denver, CO @ The Gothic Theatre *

* w/ Angel Olsen

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