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Hayley Sabella

January 26, 2018

Hayley Sabella To Release Second Full-Length Album, ‘Forgive The Birds’

NASHVILLE , Tenn. — January 26, 2018 — Drawing inspiration from the earth itself, hers situated deep within the New England coast, singer-songwriter Hayley Sabella is influenced by what’s around her: the dramatic landscapes of the area and its renowned seasons helped inspire her to create the sound she has long yearned for, next displayed on Forgive The Birds, set for release on April 27. Glide Magazine premiered “Turn Around” today, saying she “shines with pop-laden Americana.”

The album’s first single showcases Sabella’s tendency to draw examples from the earth around her, taking a trip through the seasons and narrating personal growth within those times.

“‘Turn Around’ studies those cold, wet, windy weeks when you start to doubt mild weather will ever come back,” Sabella said of the song. “While winter allows you to settle in and introspect, by March, you’ve gathered all of this latent creative energy, and when winter lingers too long (as it always does on the northeastern coast) spring comes with this restless, overeager quality to it. This song attempts to harness that excited frustration.”

Allusions to nature and its characteristics appear throughout Sabella’s second full-length studio album. The album is both firmly grounded and ethereal; Sabella reveals gripping melodies and intimate lyrics, all set inside an earnest delivery and accompanied by her 1965 hollow-body Gibson. Working with Daniel Radin of The Novel Ideas to produce Forgive the Birds, and enlisting the engineering talents of Harris Paseltiner, of Boston-based band Darlingside, this is without a doubt, a homegrown record.

“Put You at Ease” offers a look at characteristics she’s inherited from her parents, musicians and missionaries, and how those attributes affect current relationships. “Father’s Clothes” takes a look at acceptance, both that of others and within; while the album’s closing track, “Love Is A Chisel,” explains how love shapes and forms each of us.

As the daughter of musicians and missionaries, Sabella experienced pivotal years of her childhood in Central America. Naturally, music became a tool through which she could make sense of the world and put down roots, despite a lingering feeling of displacement. Her songs display tension and relief; a relationship between vulnerability and strength, death and rebirth, pain and love. Existing in performance as much as in song, this ongoing conflict allows audiences to gain a glimpse of Sabella’s true persona; she may break your heart, but shortly thereafter will invite you in for a cup of tea, enjoyed most with whiskey.

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