Tod Lippy did study classical guitar for over a decade, but his interest in writing his own music is much more recent. That expected lack of experience is nowhere to be found on the opening number of Yearbook, due for self-release on June 25.

“Ambitions,” Lippy’s debut single, is a haunting number, reminding us all of what our hopes and dreams once were.

New Noise are proud to premiere “Ambitions” below:

Lippy might not be a household name—but he ought to be. Lippy is probably best known as the creator of the award-winning arts journal, ESOPUS. Through ESOPUS, he’s worked with everyone from Jenny Holzer and Jens Lekman to Karl Ove Knausgaard and Kerry James Marshall. Each issue of ESOPUS included a CD of brand-new music Lippy would commission from artists such as Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Neko Case, Cloud Nothings, and Kimya Dawson.

On the release of “Ambitions,” Lippy states:

“The lyrics for ‘Ambitions’ were pulled directly from my senior high school yearbook (1985)—namely, the “ambitions” section beside the photo of each graduating senior. When I was looking through the yearbook a while back, I was struck by the absurdity of asking 18-year-olds to essentially predict their future, and even more struck by the poetry of some of the statements.

If there is any silver lining to the horrors of Covid, it’s this: I finally had the time and space not only to dive deep into my music but also to fully comprehend my reasons for making it. Nearly every song I wrote in this period ultimately ended up on the album, and all of them come from this deeper understanding of why I need to express myself through music.”

Preorder Yearbook here.

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