April 27, 2018
Singer-Songwriter Hayley Sabella Releases ‘Forgive The Birds’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — April 27, 2018 — With its renowned seasons and dramatic landscapes, New England nature provides ample influences for singer-songwriter Hayley Sabella. Releasing today, her second full-length album, Forgive The Birds, offers her take on the world around her.
Rolling Stone Country recently dubbed Sabella’s music folk-tinted Americana, noting her “thoughtful disposition and delicate vocal presence.” Sabella produced Forgive The Birds with Daniel Radin of The Novel Ideas, and enlisted the engineering talents of Harris Paseltiner, a member of Boston-based band Darlingside.
Billboard said her new album showcases “affecting ballads and hook-heavy uptempo sing-alongs.” The outlet premiered Sabella’s first-ever music video for “If I Reach,” which transformed from an up-tempo number to a lilting ballad “of the devastating variety” during the recording process, according to Sabella.
Album standout “Turn Around” harnesses the frustration familiar to New Englanders during the last few weeks of winter, when restlessness runs high and sunshine is coveted. Glide Magazine mentioned how she shines with “pop-laden Americana” on the track. The Bluegrass Situation highlighted “Father’s Clothes,” a well-meaning attempt to guide a loved one away from a risky situation, while Atwood Magazine observed the “vibrant imagery and haunting descriptions” prevalent throughout “Love Is A Chisel,” an explanation of how love shapes and forms each of us.
After encountering a man on a Barcelona bench who said she reminded him of a beloved employee who died, Sabella took some time to write one of the few non-confessional songs on the album, “Maria.” As American Songwriter noticed, “sometimes the seeds of songs are planted long before the songs themselves fully form.”
The daughter of missionaries who taught music, Sabella experienced pivotal years of her childhood in Central America. Music became a tool through which she could make sense of the world and put down roots. After returning to Massachusetts, it offered a connection to a home that wasn’t offering the connection she craved.
Forgive The Birds displays tension and relief; a relationship between vulnerability and strength, death and rebirth, pain and love. As Rolling Stone Country noted, “Just as devastating storms make room for new growth, her Spartan tunes leave space for the imagination to flower.”