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Liz Phair 2021 soberish

Liz Phair announces first album in over a decade with lead track "Spanish Doors"

14 April 2021, 10:03 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Liz Phair has finally returned with news of her first album in 11 years, Soberish, and has unveiled the opening song "Spanish Doors" as the lead outing.

"Spanish Doors" is the third track to be shared from Phair's first album in over a decade, following earlier outings "Hey Lou" and "Good Side".

Phair says the new track is "about the fracturing of a beautiful life, when everything you counted on is suddenly thrown up for grabs. I drew inspiration from a friend who was going through a divorce, but the actions in the lyrics are my own. I relate to hiding out in the bathroom when everyone around you is having a good time but your life just fell apart. You look at yourself in the mirror and wonder who you are now, shadows of doubt creeping into your eyes. Just a few moments ago you were a whole, confident person and now you wonder how you’ll ever get the magic back."

Soberish will follow Phair's 2010 album Funstyle, and is produced by longtime collaborator Brad Wood, who also produced Phair's Exile In Guyville, Whip-Smart and whitechocolatespaceegg albums.

Phair says of her long-awaited album, "I found my inspiration for Soberish by delving into an early era of my music development, my art school years spent listening to Art Rock and New Wave music non-stop on my Walkman. The English Beat, The Specials, Madness, R.E.M.s Automatic for the People, Yazoo, The Psychedelic Furs, Talking Heads, Velvet Underground, Laurie Anderson, and the Cars. The city came alive for me as a young person, the bands in my headphones lending me the courage to explore."

She adds of the album title, "Soberish can be about partying. It can be about self-delusion. It can be a about chasing that first flush of love or, in fact, any state of mind that allows you to escape reality for a while and exist on a happier plane. It’s not self-destructive or out of control; it’s as simple as the cycle of dreaming and waking up. That’s why I chose to symbolise Soberish with a crossroads, with a street sign. It’s best described as a simple pivot of perspective. When you meet your ‘ish’ self again after a period of sobriety, there’s a deep recognition and emotional relief that floods you, reminding you that there is more to life, more to reality and to your own soul than you are consciously aware of. But if you reach for too much of a good thing, or starve yourself with too little, you’ll lose that critical balance."


  1. Spanish Doors
  2. The Game
  3. Hey Lou
  4. In There
  5. Good Side
  6. Sheridan Side
  7. Ba Ba Ba
  8. Soberish
  9. Soul Sucker
  10. Lonely Street
  11. Dosage
  12. Bad Kitty
  13. Rain Scene
"Spanish Doors" is out now. Liz Phair's Soberish album will land via Chrysalis Records on 4 June, and is available to pre-order now. She's due to play London's O2 Arena on 20 October. Visit for tickets.
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