Premiere: Stu Larsen’s Heavy Heart Aches in Lovelorn “Phone Call From My Lover”

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Australian singer/songwriter Stu Larsen sings what so many of us find too hard to say in his new single “Phone Call From My Lover,” a poignant acoustic folk song capturing heartache and closure.
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Stream: “Phone Call From My Lover” – Stu Larsen




Sometimes the best way to get to the heart of the matter is by simply stripping yourself down and directly expressing whatever it is you need to say. Australian singer/songwriter Stu Larsen says what so many of us find too hard to share in his new single “Phone Call From My Lover,” a poignant acoustic folk song capturing both heartache and closure.

Marigold - Stu Larsen

Marigold – Stu Larsen

i got a phone call from my lover
said she had some things to say
she told me that she loves me
but she has to leave me
for now
i know she really wants to travel
take some time to search her mind
so i will be quiet
and hope that she finds it
out there

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Phone Call From My Lover,” the second single off Stu Larsen’s forthcoming fourth album Marigold (out April 3 via Nettwerk Records). Following lead single “Whisky & Blankets (A Tu Lado), “Phone Call From My Lover” finds Larsen at one of the most intimate and personal moments in his decade-long music career.

“‘Phone Call From My Lover’ was written just one week before we started recording the new album and it kind of feels like a little ‘ps’ at the end of the record,” he explains. “I wrote it knowing that things were really finished with the girl who broke my heart (and who also inspired pretty much every song on the album…) but somehow there was this little tinge of hopefulness throughout the song. Or maybe it was just a feeling of contentedness with the situation. Whatever the case, I knew I needed to leave the song a little open at the end so that I could leave the door a little open in case there was a chance things might eventually work out some day…”

Stu Larsen © Nadia Meli

Stu Larsen © Nadia Meli



It’s an open-ended closure, so-to-speak. Larsen sings amongst an array of warm guitars and soft, muted percussion; his voice fills the space with earnest appreciation with a fleck of strain and a dusting of hope: Even in a moment of separation and great distance, he feels love for the one who broke his heart. He sings in the chorus:

we’ve been going round in circles
trying to figure this thing out
i’ve come to the conclusion
that we both missed somehow
but darling maybe we’ve already found
what we are looking for

Recorded over a two-week period at Sydney’s Golden Retriever Studios with producer Tim Hart [Boy & Bear] and engineer Simon Berckelman [Philadelphia Grand Jury], Marigold finds Larsen embedded in a space full of pain and woe, but also bright energy. His songs, as exemplified by the uptempo lead single “Whisky & Blankets” (but also felt in this second single release), reflect genuine deep emotion while creating a Jack Johnson-esque air of cheerful, down-to-earth human connection.

“I feel like these songs are more personal than any of my previous work,” Larsen explains. “They’re about falling deeply in love with someone who came into my life and then disappeared soon after. It’s very personal. I’m attached to the message and the feelings… I was writing on the road everywhere from Eastern Europe to South America. My takeaway from the entire situation is, ‘love really is a mystery.’”

i told her that i shaved my beard off
she said she wants to touch my face
she can’t be without me
but she can’t be with me
somehow
we’ve been going round in circles
trying to figure this thing out
i’ve come to the conclusion
that we both missed somehow
but darling maybe we’ve already found
what we are looking for
Stu Larsen © Nettwerk Records

Stu Larsen © Nettwerk Records



With over 100 million global streams across digital platforms and three well-received full-length albums under his belt, Stu Larsen has been steadily becoming a familiar face to indie folk fans all over the world. The true definition of a troubadour, Larsen – originally from Queensland, Australia – claims no fixed residence. For the past twelve years, he has been traveling around the world, finding new places to call home in five continents and documenting his travels (really, his life) through his music as well as his photography, some of which can be viewed on his website and Instagram pages.

Larsen concluded 2019 opening for Passenger in South America, and will be announcing a new whopping 31-day, 11 country tour in the coming days. For now, the globe-trotting artist has set aside all pretence and delivered himself in full through music: “Phone Call From My Lover” comes straight from the heart, capturing at once the pain, as well as the beauty, of love.

Stream “Phone Call From My Lover” exclusively on Atwood Magazine; Stu Larsen’s new album Marigold is out April 3rd via Nettwerk Records!

you got a real good hold of my heart
and i know you feel the same
darling i love you
but i think it’s time to let go
darling i love you
but i guess it’s time to let go
darling i love you
but i know it’s time to…
Stream: “Phone Call From My Lover” – Stu Larsen



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