Quiet by your side is Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Jude Flannery’s solo debut, a psychedelic folk-rock record exploring the themes of connection and expectation. For his first release, he aimed to make a splash by recruiting a supergroup of primary collaborators including Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Muzz) on drums/percussion, Quentin Stoltzfus (Mazarin, Light Heat) on bass and guitar, Robbie Bennett (The War on Drugs) on keyboards, Keir Neuringer (The Irreversible Entanglements) on saxophone, Zena Kay on pedal steel, and Annie Nero on backing vocals. With the touch of a masterclass group of talent, the overall mix is warm and dynamic, a credit to the craft and production contributions of Barrick, who recorded and mixed the record, and Stoltzfus, who mastered the record at Philadelphia’s Silent Partner recording studio.
Glide is premiering the record’s first single, the title track, “Quiet By Your Side.” This breezy effort combines the melodic flow of Hiss Golden Messenger and the nostalgic melodies of Fruit Bats. Speaking on the track, he wrote:
“I wanted to write a song about what it means to be comfortable. For me, that is the ability to quiet my mind. The more I thought about this song, it also feels like my relationship with music – it’s always nearby, it moves me and lulls me into a state of listening calm. It’s funny but I think that ended up happening when we recorded the song as well – we immediately felt what the song needed and just played it. I started with the acoustic guitar and vocals and Quentin laid down the bass line from the control room as I was recording it. Matt added drums on top of that in what seemed like a single take and Robbie’s keys filled in the rest quickly.”
In its accompanying music video, he continued:
“Directed by Philadelphia-based artist Marc Zajack, the video utilizes found footage that collages imagery from 50 years ago. Intimate in nature at times, these home movies are moments lived that emphasize the human experience and the memories and relationships built over time. Exploring the nostalgia around these everyday moments celebrates the timeless feeling of comfort and connection, which is something that’s also celebrated in this song.”
Quiet by your side is out September 20th; the record’s title track is out tomorrow via all DSPS.