“You free yourself when you take away the script,” says Toronto songwriter Charlotte Cornfield. “That’s where this record came from, dismantling patterns and embracing the process.” Cornfield’s third full length, The Shape Of Your Name, is set to arrive April 5 via Outside Music’s new imprint Next Door Records.
Today, Charlotte shares the first single from the new LP “Andrew”. Cornfield says “Andrew” could be “a song to a friend or a romantic partner but at its core it’s note to self, a reminder to step back and look at the bigger picture instead of dwelling on the minutia. We all have friends who we want to shake sometimes because their priorities feel out of whack, but on the flip side of that sometimes we’re that friend who needs shaking. When things get messy and absurd it helps be able to laugh at yourself, to laugh with someone, to shake it off and move forward.”
Directed by Adrienne McLaren with Thom Varey as Director of Photography, the video for “Andrew” features one of Cornfield’s closest friends, Sam Rosenberg. “I wanted to explore the nuances of our friendship and take this song out of myself,” says Cornfield. “Sam has exposed me to so much great music and art over the years – I’ve always loved going to concerts with them and watching them dance. I wanted us to sing to one another in familiar places (my house, their childhood home, onstage), let things get sentimental, let things be funny, let it all breathe. Oh, and there’s a little Brendan Canning cameo. Sam and Brendan are probably the two most knowledgeable people in the universe when it comes to late 20th century popular music, so it’s nice that they’re both part of this thing.”
The Shape Of Your Name has a more honed studio sound than her 2016 release Future Snowbird, and for good reason: it was recorded in 5 different sessions over the course of 3 years. The songs are her strongest and most striking to date - contemplative and contemporary, funny and heart-wrenching - and they’ve got that stuck-in-your-head-for-days quality that Cornfield is known for. The Shape Of Your Name features a star-studded cast of collaborators including (but not limited to) Grammy-winning engineer Shawn Everett, Broken Social Scene members Brendan Canning, Kevin Drew, and Charles Spearin, and Montreal songwriter Leif Vollebekk.
Cornfield is also an in-demand drummer and side musician, and has worked closely with Tim Darcy of Ought, Molly Burch, Adrian Underhill, and members of Lake Street Dive. She has toured extensively in North America and Europe and has supported a huge range of artists including Broken Social Scene, Anais Mitchell, Daniel Romano, and Sam Amidon.