While Quiet by your side officially marks Jude Flannery’s debut outside of his work with groups including Closer, Knocked Out Loaded, and Qatsi, it’s far from a solo record. The Walkmen’s Matt Barrick and Light Heat’s Quentin Stoltzfus both co-produced the record and feature throughout the project, while additional contributions from members of The War on Drugs and Irreversible Entanglements provide more robust flavor to the folk-rock proceedings.
The latest cut to be shared from the album, titled “Don’t mind you asking,” was the first track recorded with Barrick and Stoltzfus at their Silent Partner studio, demonstrating the gentle-yet-full sound that can be heard throughout the record. “This song explores the idea that sometimes we can only hear and feel our way through moments,” Flannery explains of the single, which notably features backing vocal harmonies from Annie Nero and piano. “That feels very relevant to times we are living through right now. This song expands on the palette of natural and warm sounds featured on other parts of the record. From Matt’s gentle and distinctive percussion to Quentin’s laid back but uplifting bass groove, it creates space for a mix of other sounds.”
The track arrives with a lo-res music video documenting a nature-filled road trip. “The video for ‘Don’t mind you asking’ explores the special feeling of going on a journey,” the clip’s director Marc Zajack explains. “Based on documentation from a time when our phones were less prominent in our lives, the video aims to reflect upon the moments where natural connection is accentuated and embraced.”
Watch it below.