Elise Davis’s new album, Anxious.Happy.Chill
Today, the Nashville-based singer/songwriter Elise Davis announced her third studio album, Anxious. Happy. Chill. It will be released on April 16 via Tone Tree. Davis released “Yellow Bed,” following the release of three singles in 2020 (“Ladybug,” “The Grid,” and “Flame Color”) that will appear on the forthcoming album.
“I lived alone for a very long time. My bed was temporary for others, and I very much liked having my own space. That was until I met my now-husband, Jason,” explains Davis. “After we moved in together, there were these moments of absolute bliss I would feel getting into our bed together at night, simply experiencing my bed also being someone else’s bed. It is a place we meet and fall into our own little world every night. The great amount of joy that has given me was the inspiration for this song.”
Anxious. Happy. ChilIt was as recorded just days after wrapping her honeymoon in Arizona, where she finished writing the album in the Sonoran Desert outside Tucson. Davis recorded the album with producer Teddy Morgan (Carl Broemel) at his studio in Nashville, TN. With the Covid-19 pandemic already in full swing, Davis and Morgan worked together for a month while maintaining their physical distance, communicating through the glass windows of the studio’s isolation booths and playing the majority of the instruments themselves. Drummer Fred Eltringham (Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers) joined them for a single day to lend the album its unique, percussive pulse.
Album process during COVID
“Normally, I go in with a band, and we all sit around and play through songs. We hang out and have drinks, making it a social and creative experience. This time my producer and I were never in the same room. We wore masks to get to our spots in the studio, then spoke through the glass on headphones,” said Davis.
“For 8 years, I wrote for publishing companies in Nashville that set me up on scheduled co-writes. Those experiences helped me grow as a writer, and I learned a lot. But to write this album almost entirely on my own brought me back to my roots… This album is about love, success/failure, dislike of social media, aging, summertime, and most importantly, it’s honesty. I am so happy to be sharing my third child, Anxious. Happy. Chill., with the world.”