Jess Abbott of the guitar-rock project Tancred is preparing to drop Nightstand, the follow-up to her 2016 album Out of the Garden, June 1. Today, The FADER is premiering the Shervin Lainez-shot video to her second single from that project, "Queen of New York."
Backed by lively guitar and drums, Abbott lovingly gushes about a one-night-stand, whom, she admits, she can't get out of her mind. Hearing the surprisingly upbeat lyrics for the first time, I was reminded of how powerful these delicate, one-off relationships can be; maybe, a relationship doesn't have to be so established to satisfy a mutual need, or to appreciate their presence, however temporary. Abbott gets right at the core of that when, at the end of the song, she quietly sings: "When we were here we both felt it, not alone. But I can't feel it now."
"The song is primarily about one night stands and the internal reflection the next day," Abbott writes of the song via email. "But I also wanted to include the smallest impression of moments therein where you really connect with someone in an emotional way, even if you both know it’s just for the night. Shervin Lainez shot the video, he is my absolute favorite photographer and I wanted to experiment in video work with him. It’s always so effortless with him. I’m so happy with what we made." Watch above.