Beloved New York City singer/songwriter Regina Spektor has announced her first new album in six years, Home, before and after, coming June 24 on Warner Records. Sweeping lead single and album opener “Becoming All Alone” is out now.
Spektor recorded Home, before and after in upstate New York, co-producing alongside Grammy winner John Congleton. The result, her eighth studio LP and first since 2016’s Remember Us to Life, is described in a press release as her “most quintessentially ‘New York’ [album] in years.”
The city’s “bars and corner delis” are the backdrop of “Becoming All Alone,” which begins with Spektor narrating a run-in with God over delicately regal synths, strings and piano. Bass and drums kick the song up a notch after its first chorus; meanwhile, Spektor holds the big guy to account, singing, “And I just want to ride / But this whole world, it makes me carsick / Stop the meter, sir / You have a heart, why don’t you use it?” The track’s grand orchestral bridge matches the scope of its existential concept, only to return to Spektor and her piano: “I’m becoming all alone again.”
In a tweet announcing her album, Spektor reflected, “What a crazy world it has been. And still is. I’m just so glad it IS… cause knowing us humans, that’s not always a given… I’m full of extra gratitude and love for the world these days. Just glad to be here.”
Spektor will play a special homecoming show at Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 11—artist pre-sale begins tomorrow, Feb. 23, followed by Live Nation pre-sale on Feb. 24 and general on-sale on Feb. 25. (Ticket info here.) She also has a handful of Utah and Colorado shows set for July.
Watch the “Becoming All Alone” video below, and see the details of Home, before and after and Spektor’s tour dates further down.
Home, before and after Tracklist:
01. Becoming All Alone
02. Up The Mountain
03. One Man’s Prayer
06. What Might Have Been
07. Spacetime Fairytale
10. Through A Door
Home, before and after Art:
Regina Spektor Tour Dates:
11 – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Sandy Amphitheater
08 – Aspen, CO @ Villar PAC
09 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theater
10 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre