Listen to ‘Warm Enemy,’ a Track From Christopher Paul Stelling’s Upcoming LP
After signing with Epitaph Records’ subsidiary imprint Anti- last month, Christopher Paul Stelling has announced the release of Labor Against Waste, his debut full-length as an Anti- artist -- his third album in all -- and premiered its lead single, “Warm Enemy.” Take a listen in the video above (via the Daily Beast).
The new track exhibits Stelling’s signature and classic-sounding indie-folk, rapid-fire finger-picking and ragged warble. The now New York City-based singer-songwriter's own vocals are fleshed out with the help of Providence folk-rockers the Low Anthem, who accompany Stelling on the song's chorus.
“Sometimes we have to give up in order to keep trying,” Stelling said of the song in a press release. “We’re our own worst enemies, and our own best friends. We created this. We know by now where change begins, but at times it’s always false starts. This is a song about the inevitable folly of self-ridicule and self-praise. This is a song about the importance of persistence. Or it’s a song about nothing at all.”
To us, it certainly sounds like the singer has a great deal to say in the new song, which will appear on Labor Against Waste when it arrives in stores on June 16. His third effort follows his 2012 debut, Songs of Praise & Scorn, and his 2013 follow-up, False Cities.