American singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile has teased her first solo single since 2018’s ‘Party of One’ with ‘Right On Time’.
I had an interesting conversation the other day: I was playing a Brandi Carlile song with some friends, and one of them, not being terribly familiar with the artist, asked what kind of music she plays. My gut said country, but that wasn’t quite right. Folk or Americana might be closer, but that doesn’t account for the piano ballads or rip-roaring rock and roll tunes that she keeps in her arsenal as well. Eventually, I leaned over and just said “She makes good music, Andy”.
Looking like Thin White Duke-era David Bowie on the single’s cover, ‘Right On Time’ appears to be another ballad in the same vein as ‘Party of One’ or ‘Most of All’. All we get in the preview clip is a small snippet of the song, too small to really cull anything from. I hesitate to do anything definitive because Carlile can change styles mid-song, as she did in ‘Hold Out Your Hand’.
If it wasn’t already apparent, By the Way, I Forgive You was my favourite album of 2018 and is very quickly becoming one of my favourite albums of all time. There’s not a bum note, misplaced beat, or witless thought in any of the song’s music or lyrics. Carlile is quite simply one of the best songwriters in the world, bar none. More new music can’t come quickly enough.
In the time since the success of By the Way, I Forgive You, Carlile has kept busy. She co-founded country supergroup The Highwomen and put out the group’s eponymous debut album in 2019, established the Girls Just Wanna Weekend festival, performed another one of my favourite albums, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, produced outlaw country legend Tanya Tucker’s comeback LP While I’m Livin’, did full performances of a few of her album’s as live-streamed concerts, and re-recorded a pair of songs with the members of fellow Seattle natives Soundgarden. So, yeah, she’s been busy.
Check out the preview of ‘Right On Time’ down below.