Since his first show at the age of 12 at the Alaska Folk Fest, Eric Tollefson has known his calling. Now some two decades later, the singer-songwriter is still true on that path, and it is the sacrifices he makes daily that give soul to the aptly-titled EP, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, which comes out on Friday, May 19th.
In 2014 Tollefson made his way to Seattle where he promptly set up shop and began to pursue the newest branch of his musical career. To make his new album Tollefson enlisted a stacked cast of collaborators – Josiah Johnson (The Head & The Heart), Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore, Odesza), Eric Heywood (Ray LaMontagne, Son Volt), Matt Hopper (Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles). The album was produced by Justin Armstrong (Audioslave, Death Cab For Cutie), and each of the record’s six songs are as well made as they are written.
Today Glide Magazine is excited to offer an exclusive first listen of Eric Tollefson’s new EP. The album is a confident collection of Americana tunes bursting with gorgeous instrumentation, including plenty of slide guitar and brassy flourishes to complement Tollefson’s poignant, thoughtful songwriting.
Reflecting on the album, Tollefson has this to say:
“I do my best to not name a record before I know what songs will be on it and what might tie each of them together. The more I thought about each song, the more I thought that each had to do with the human experience. Love and loss. Is it worth it to go through the experience of love beginning to end? I think it is, but it comes at a price.”
Eric Tollefson releases This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things on May 19th. For more music and info visit his Facebook page.