Indie-pop singer-songwriter, Aubrey Haddard has released her effervescent second single, “Green As Ever” alongside a stunning, summery music video. The song is taken from Haddard’s second full-length album, Awake And Talking, out August 19, 2022. Fans can pre-order the album now HERE.
After reading Michael Pollan’s book The Botany Of Desire and learning about human relationships from the perspective of plant care, Haddard found herself crafting what “Green As Ever,” would later become. Haddard explains, “In the summer of 2020 I traded my shared, Brooklyn two-bed for a mattress on the floor of my childhood home in the Hudson Valley where much of the record was written. Matt Peiffer (Awake And Talking mix engineer) had lent me his copy of The Botany of Desire, in which Michael Pollan discusses the reflection of human desires in the way that we interact with plants. We’ve learned how to manipulate them in every way so they become only the best, only exactly what we want.”
Referencing the song’s lyrics and subject matter, Haddard wonders if she can mold her life exactly the way she desires, as humans do to plants. Haddard says, “According to mythology we play a role.” And when that role comes knocking on my door, don’t expect me to answer. Maybe I am destined for something, but maybe I’d rather just run from it. Maybe I could manipulate my life in every way so that it is exactly what I want it to be, or maybe I’ll just throw up my hands.”
Speaking on the summery Josh Rob Thomas-directed video, she added, “The video was shot on the street I grew up on. It was a leap of faith, with choreography being the focal point. The song is really an ode to summer and I wanted to reflect that in a juvenile way.”