LA-by-way-of-Singapore songwriter Linying has hardly had a chance to catch her breath since releasing her nomadic dream-pop EP House Mouse last November, which chronicled the musician’s struggle with establishing a permanent sense of home over experimental instrumentation riffing on melancholic dream pop. And while she’s sharing details about a proper LP today, that project won’t be an expansion upon these ideas—in fact, it won’t even be under the same moniker.
There’s Still Time, her debut as Doris Club, will arrive March 22 via Nettwerk, and will see Linying swapping reverb-soaked electric guitar for contemplative, folk-oriented acoustic with Field Medic and former Death Cab for Cutie member Chris Walla listed among the writing credits. Additionally, the release also exchanges tales of an uncertain present for a meditation on her youth spent preoccupied with anxieties about existential impermanence. “I was sensitive to the passage of time from a young age,” she shares. “The gentle, candid nature with which my mother talked to me about death and impermanence made a zealous disciple of the moment, an obsessive hoarder of memories out of me...this was the conclusion I came to while making this record. I’ve feared time as much as I’ve worshipped it."
Landing ahead of the LP is its first single “The Sleeper and the Bed,” a gentle and softly sung solo acoustic number which blossoms to include backing harmonies and slight ambient accompaniment. “‘The Sleeper and the Bed’ details the heartbreak I felt watching my family disintegrate before my eyes,” Linying explains. “Pulled in multiple directions, neither option a painless one, I found myself wishing desperately that I'd had more time.”
Hear the new track below.