Lydia Loveless is back. Four years after her last release, Real, Loveless has another album on the burner: Daughter, due out September 25 on Loveless’s label, Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late Records. The album’s first two singles tell a direct, gutsy story of personal turmoil. 

“Love Is Not Enough,” released July 21 alongside the album news, throws an unsparing series of emotional fastballs: “No one cares if you get hurt/Because being kind is just a phrase you wear on a T-shirt,” Loveless sings, “It takes medication to get off/So sick of living in a rut.” 

“Wringer,” out today, follows suit: A rootsy breakup banger, it’s assertive and hearty even as her reports of a fractured relationship are sly and witty. In the years since Real, Loveless experienced a divorce and a move from Ohio to North Carolina. Both singles forecast a powerful album about the unraveling and raveling of a life.  

Watch the video single for “Wringer” below. 


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