Today’s song is “Happy New Year” by Ever More Nest.
With their summer release of sophomore album Out Here Now still making waves, Ever More Nest has released a surprise holiday-season single. Recorded during the East Nashville Out Here Now sessions produced by Neilson Hubbard, “Happy New Year” demanded its own spotlight.
With a little more alternative gusto than Out Here Now’s Americana/folk-leaning arrangements, “Happy New Year” invites audiences to contemplate changing relationships and the relentless passage of time as marked by a holiday full of fireworks and electric energy.
About the song, Ever More Nest’s Kelcy Wilburn writes:
One of my favorite photographs of a particular friend and me was taken on New Year’s Eve as we walked our way to a giant bonfire made of drying Christmas trees. The old Mid-City New Orleans tradition had gotten unmanageable by that year, and it was a crazy fun and wild thing to witness. New Year’s is such a strange holiday—celebrating the passage of time, a sometimes joyful and sometimes painful process we can’t control. We celebrate the end of a good year; we celebrate the end of a bad year. As humans, we’re always trying our best to mark the beginnings and endings of things that never really stop or start. New Year’s celebrations can be arbitrary, but they can also be quite powerful. I love the dichotomy”
“Happy New Year” features songwriter Wilburn on vocals and rhythm guitar with Will Kimbrough on lead guitars, Dean Marold on bass guitar, Fats Kaplin on strings, and Neilson Hubbard on drums. It was recorded and mixed at Skinny Elephant Recording in Nashville by Dylan Alldredge and mastered by James DeMain at Yes Master Studios.
Part of the rising queer country music scene, Ever More Nest is based in New Orleans, where the artist and her latest album are up for three Offbeat Magazine Best of the Beat Awards. She and her band tour nationally. “What’s Gone Is Gone,” a single from Out Here Now, reached #1 on the RMR Contemporary Folk Song radio chart in August.
New Orleans-based Americana/folk outfit Ever More Nest has released a new standalone single “Happy New Year” as well as an accompanying music video that debuted at The Boot on December 1. The single follows the celebrated August 2022 release of the artist’s latest album Out Here Now.