Brooke Annibale Announces New Album ‘Better By Now’ Out September 30; Title Track & Video Out Today
July 15, 2022 BY Danielle Romeo
Indie singer/songwriter Brooke Annibale announced today her new album Better By Now will release on September 30th through Nettwerk Music Group. A fearless new collection of songs, Brooke has both emboldened her sound on Better By Now as well as entered a new phase of life after making significant strides in her mental-health journey and saying “I do” to her wife. She also shared today the title track and official video for “Better By Now,” a stark reflection that merges personal emotions with the roller coaster of current events. The single is available across digital retailers HERE.
“I wrote this song in early January 2021,” stated Brooke. “We had literally just put the Christmas tree out on the curb, and I felt this terrible sentimental feeling for it. This was also the same week as the Capitol attack. We had pushed through 2020, looking at 2021 as some kind of savior, but once it arrived nothing really changed. There was still the same intensely hostile political discourse and the pandemic continued raging on. It felt like things were getting worse somehow, when I hoped for it to be better by now. Reflecting on that time, it taught me that expecting a perfect external outcome will not lead to feeling better. I’ve got to do the internal work to have any kind of peace with the roller coaster of life.”
Produced primarily by Christian “Leggy” Langdon (Joseph, Amos Lee), Better By Now features 10 blossoming indie-pop tracks that Brooke describes as a “spectrum of emotions.” In her trademark layered approach, the Pittsburgh-born, Rhode Island-based artist reflects on love, anxiety, depression, and how two seemingly opposing forces can exist at once. “The album Better By Now is basically half about falling in love and half about mental health.”
Earlier this summer, Brooke teased a couple songs from her new album, including the “immediately catchy” (FLOOD) lead single “What If You” and the “soaring, ethereal pop song” (Brooklyn Vegan) “5 AM” accompanied by the Genéa Gaudet-directed video. In celebration of Pride Month, Brooke also shared an inspiring op-ed via Atwood Magazine on representation, equality, authentic connection, and her journey to self-acceptance.
Brooke’s expressive and beautifully thoughtful songwriting creates a dreamy and enticing sonic landscape. She has been a favorite among music supervisors and featured in such media as Stereogum, Wall Street Journal, Billboard, NPR/World Café, Consequence, Paste, Under The Radar, American Songwriter and more. She has also shared the stage with artists like Mt. Joy, Iron & Wine, Lucius, and Rufus Wainwright.
01) What If You
02) Be Around
03) Things We Don’t Believe Anymore
04) One of Those Songs
05) 5 AM
06) Better By Now
07) Follow It Through*
08) Social Anxieties
09) I Am In Love
10) You Hold Me Together*
*produced by Matthew E White (Natalie Prass, Dan Croll)
07/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird #
07/22 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Ann Arbor Art Fair
07/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom #
07/24 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Listening Lawn #
07/27 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern #
07/28 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz #
08/02 – Edgartown, MA @ Winnetu w/ WMVY
08/04 – West Yarmouth, MA @ The Music Room !
09/02 – Portsmouth, NH @ The Music Hall !
10/08 – Exeter, NH @ The Word Barn
10/20 – Lake Orion, MI @ 20 Front Street
10/29 – Warren, RI @ Imago Art Gallery
11/10 – Natick, MA @ TCAN *
11/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ City Winery *
11/13 – Washington, DC @ City Winery *
11/17 – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg
11/18 – Cologne, DE @ Die Wohngemeinschaft
11/19 – Berlin, DE @ Barkett
11/20 – Hanover, DE @ House Show
11/22 – London, UK @ Grace
# with Tall Heights
! with Will Dailey
* with Liz Longley