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Tegan and Sara have shared another new track from their forthcoming 10th studio album, Crybaby, due October 21 via Mom+Pop Music. “Faded Like a Feeling” is a stunning ballad about the mysterious ebbs and flows of love and relationships. The official video, directed by Mark Myers, finds the twins singing together while perched on the swings at a waterfront playground. Watch “Faded Like a Feeling” HERE.
“Faded Like a Feeling” follows previously released singles “Fucking Up What Matters” and the sweet, anthemic “Yellow.” Tegan and Sara will perform “Yellow” and sit for a talk segment on the Sept. 7 episode of NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.
“It’s impossible not to tap your feet and bop around a little when Tegan and Sara’s newest single, “F*****g Up What Matters,” comes on. It’s about getting everything you want and suddenly needing to destroy it all — and finding growth within that fresh start.” – Teen Vogue
There’s also big news about the duo’s Amazon Freevee series High School, which is based on the twins’ critically acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling memoir of the same name. Co-created and executive produced by Tegan and Sara Quin and Clea DuVall, who also features as a director on select episodes, the show will debut its first three episodes on September 10 at the Toronto International Film Festival, ahead of its October 14 debut on Amazon Freevee.
Shot in Calgary and produced by Plan B Entertainment and Amazon Studios, High School stars TikTok creators and TV newcomers Railey and Seazynn Gilliland, portraying the high school versions of Tegan and Sara. Special guest stars Cobie Smulders and Kyle Bornheimer will play the twins’ parents.
Crybaby was produced by John Congleton (Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten), Sara Quin and Tegan Quin and recorded at Studio Litho in Seattle and Sargent Recorders in Los Angeles. “This was the first time where, while we were still drafting our demos, we were thinking about how the songs were going to work together,” says Tegan. “It wasn’t even just that Sara was making lyric changes or reorganizing the parts to my songs. It was that she was also saying to me, ‘This song is going to be faster,’ or ‘It’s going to be in a different key.’ But Sara effectively improves everything of mine that she works on.” Sara adds with a laugh, “Maybe I am the renovator. I’m the house-flipper of the Tegan and Sara band.”
With nine studio albums to their credit and millions of records sold, Tegan and Sara have used music as a way of storytelling throughout their 20-year career. With that storytelling at the core, they have built a multi-faceted media empire that stretches into TV, books, newsletter and public service but is always deeply rooted in music.
Tegan and Sara recently launched “I Think We’re Alone Now,” a Substack newsletter that includes both free and paid-tier content, spanning audio and text-message conversations as well as essays, lyric annotations and behind-the-scenes looks about their upcoming projects. Tegan and Sara have received three JUNO Awards, a GRAMMY nomination, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and the 2018 New York Civil Liberties Union Award. Outspoken advocates for equality, in 2016, the duo created the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for the health, economic justice and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.
Also on the horizon is the middle-grade graphic novel duology Tegan & Sara: Junior High and Tegan & Sara: Crush, written by the twins and illustrated by Eisner Award-winner Tillie Walden. The contemporary story is about identical twins growing up and growing apart, coming to terms with their queerness and falling in love with music over the course of junior high. The first volume is due for release in spring 2023.