Today, Ellen Siberian Tiger share their new single and accompanying music video “If A Tree Falls in the Forest…” off of the just announced sophomore album, Cinderblock Cindy, out July 24th. With Ellen’s swirling vocals dancing over heavy synths and dark, building guitar riffs, “If A Tree Falls in the Forest…” is a powerful song about queer longing and angst — detailing how the world doesn’t always seem to have a space for queer people, leaving them to carve out spaces for themselves, often silencing and ignoring their voices. Alt Citizen encapsulates the message, stating, “just because there may not be scars doesn’t mean irreparable damage wasn’t done. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody saw it, Tiberio-Shultz promises to believe. We all should, too.” Cinderblock Cindy is out July 24th, check out lead single “Kitchen Knife” released last fall, and second single “If A Tree Falls in the Forest…” out now on all DSPs.
The album features Ellen Tiberio Shultz (guitar and lead vocals), Collin Dennen (bass and synth), Richard Straube (drums), Catherine Park (background vocals), Joel Sephy Gleiser (synth on track 4) and Nicole Pompei (drums on tracks 1 and 8). All songs were recorded by Matt Poirier at Miner Street Studio.
On the upcoming album, Ellen writes:
The album is about gender; both an exploration of my Ellen Siberian Tiger’s identity and an exploration of the power dynamics created in society by our collective perceptions of gender. Existing in the patriarchy without benefiting from it feels to like I’m under scrutiny, like people are looking at me and measuring me against what they think I should be and in the process rendering me a passive thing to be judged. So I tried to write about who I am without those expectations. I made this album to reject that passivity, and to take an active roll in shaping my own narrative as a queer, non binary person. Making these songs gave me a sense of clarity and strength in my gender and my queerness and I’m hopeful that it could do the same for other people.