Lizzie No carved out her own space in the contemporary folk scene with the March release of her debut album, Hard Won, which blends sweeping strings and shimmering guitars to craft a sound that’s simultaneously understated and fervent.
The Princeton, New Jersey singer-songwriter poignantly addresses current sociopolitical issues on her latest single, “Sundown,” whose video premieres today (Oct. 19) on Billboard.
Musically, “Sundown” is a bit of a departure for No, featuring propulsive drums and distorted, swelling guitar leads (though it does include the singer’s trademark delicate harp plucking). Her airy vocals juxtapose with incisive lyrics that address social injustice and the struggle of merely existing as a black person in America. “I saw a good man killed on TV / He reached for his wallet and he fell asleep / The newspaper said that he had a gun / But the whole world knows where the fear comes from,” she sings. Meanwhile, the video features exclusively black women as they laugh with one another and revel in their safe space.
“Sundown” marks No’s first music video, and she’ll embark on a two-week U.S. tour starting Friday (Oct. 20). She’s pledged to donate all proceeds from the purchase of “Sundown” off her Bandcamp to Black Lives Matter.
Watch the “Sundown” video and see Lizzie No’s tour dates below.
Lizzie No Fall Tour Dates
10/20 – Washington, D.C. @ Dupont Underground
10/22 – Durham, NC @ Fullsteam Brewery
10/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Gallery 992
10/26 – New Orleans, LA @ Sidney’s Saloon
10/28 – Nashville, TN @ Tennessee Brew Works
10/29 – Lexington, KY @ The Burl
11/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
11/05 – San Francisco, CA @ Neck of the Woods
11/08 – Portland, OR @ The Waypost
11/09 – Seattle, WA @ Tim’s Tavern