Curtis Cooper shares "Breathe Out" from new album Graceful - WXPN
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Curtis Cooper | photo by Abigail Townsend Photography | courtesy of the artist

Philly scene favorite Curtis Cooper just announced that their next record, Graceful, will be released next month, and its lead single is the equivalent of a big, long sigh of relief. With “Breathe Out,” the songwriter explores the causes of everyday anxieties that are bringing them down. Cooper’s vocals sound resigned against the song’s jangly melody, but their tone brightens as the song progresses, reminding us to “Leave some time to breathe on out / Breathe it out.”

It’s a cathartic song for Cooper, and it seems like the rest of Graceful will have a similar focus — Cooper writes on Bandcamp, “I wrote this album to help me get through issues with Gender, Depression, Mental Health, Bad Relationships and LIFE IN GENERAL.” The reminder to breathe is something we all can use.

Listen to “Breathe Out” below. Graceful, Cooper’s third full-length, is out June 3.

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