Plains, the new project of Jess Williamson and Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield, have shared the second single from their upcoming debut full-length. ‘Abilene’ follows the lead track ‘Problem With It’, which made our Best New Songs list. Check out a video for it, directed by Corbett Jones and Nick Simonite, below.
Speaking about the song in a statement, Crutchfield said: “The song ‘Abilene’ really solidified the vision of the album for me. I’ll never forget how giddy I felt when Jess sent me the original demo. In a very stereotypical-of-a-songwriter way, Jess felt unsure if it fit or made sense & I reassured her immediately that this was probably my favourite song of the bunch. She achieved something really special in my view, which is writing a classic country waltz that feels extremely modern.”
Williamson added: “In the video for ‘Abilene,’ my dear friend Adriene Mishler plays the narrator of the song. We see her struggle in the final stages of a romantic relationship and then make the hard decision to choose herself and leave. I think we all have our own personal ‘Abilene.’ Maybe it’s a place where you used to live and things didn’t turn out as planned, like in the song. It could also be a relationship that ended in disappointment, or a dream that turned into a hard reality, or even an old version of yourself that’s better left in the past. ‘Abilene’ is a song about knowing your worth, having courage in the face of an uncertain future, and trusting your gut.”
I Walked With You a Ways is slated to arrive on October 14 via ANTI-.