Sara Bareilles’ new record The Blessed Unrest is out July 16 and in honor of its upcoming release the singer has shared a video that details what it was like recording in New York City.
“I wanted to do some recording in New York because lately this city has infected my bones in a really amazing way,” Bareilles tells the camera. “I feel super electric here.”
The mini-doc, which Bareilles narrates from the rooftop of the legendary Electric Lady Studies in New York’s West Village, also hints at the changes that are in store for the follow-up to 2010’s Kaleidoscope Heart. In the clip, she says her life was recently “turned upside down” and in a previously released statement she explained that 2012 was “a year of deconstruction for” her personally.
“I have been confronting some of my greatest fears in the last handful of months and have been amazed at how empowered I can feel when I muster up the courage to turn and growl back at those monsters under the bed,” she said.
In the video, Bareilles also notes that most of the songs featured on the album were written just six months before she headed into the studio.
The “Love Song” singer enlisted John O’Mahony, who has worked with Metric and Coldplay, to produce her fourth record, which appears to be filled with drum machines, dance breaks, lovely harmonies and a few songs that Bareilles lovingly calls “dirty indie rock” or DIR for short.
But don’t worry, she’s not straying too far from her singer/songwriter roots. The clip teases one soulful ballad, which features Bareilles at her piano sadly singing, “Because I can’t have you” and another mid-tempo number where she sings, “I just want to disappear and start over.”
To find out more about The Blessed Unrest, check out Bareilles’ homemade album teaser below.