Monday, June 5, 2023

Joanna Sternberg - "People are Toys to You"

Photo by Michael Leviton

Joanna Sternberg is one of those artists that comes so close to being a completely mainstream singer/songwriter, but something about their sound just sets them apart. Their latest single, "People are Toys to You," is the kind of song that could be a huge hit. It's a little folky without being purely folk, and it has this killer blues sound to the guitar. It's a sweet song that isn't trying to hide the venom hiding behind the chipper sound. But Sternberg just has this outsider artist sound to their music that will most likely keep this from going too mainstream, but gives "People are Toys to You" a sound that is going to be irresistible to many of us. Sternberg is a captivating artist that is perfect if you keep going back to artists like Daniel Johnston or The Moldy Peaches.

Joanna Sternberg says of their new single:

“I wrote this song while I was in a rush walking to the subway with my double bass. I was upset about something and the song sort of wrote itself. The funny thing is that Soundcloud Pro’s ‘who is listening’ feature told me the person I wrote this song about listened to it four times when I posted it on Facebook. Oops!”

You can watch the video for "People Are Toys to You" below. I've Got Me is due out June 30 on Fat Possum, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Joanna Sternberg, check out the artist on Instagram and Twitter. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

Wed. June 14 - Seattle, WA @ Here-AfterFri. June 16 - Portland, OR @ Show BarSun. June 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Make-Out RoomWed. June 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Genghis CohenFri. June 30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Public Records [I’ve Got Me release show]Wed. Sept. 20 - South Deerfield, MA @ Tree House Outside !Thu. Sept. 21 - Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre !Fri. Sept. 22 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground !Sat. Sept. 23 - New London, CT @ Garde Arts Center !Sat. Dec. 2 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall ^Tue. Dec. 5 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall ^Wed. Dec. 6 - Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl ^ ! supporting Kurt Vile^ supporting Angel Olsen

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