EXCLUSIVE: Speak Low If You Speak Love digs deep on ‘Everything But What You Need’ full-album stream

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Acoustic artist Speak Low If You Speak Love, aka Ryan Graham of pop-punk act State Champs, has gone on quite a journey in the past three years, leading up to the creation of Everything But What You Need. But all the ups and downs–and judging by the album’s intensely personal lyrics, mostly downs–led to a brilliant album that Graham couldn’t have made any other way. The singer/songwriter explains:

“‘Everything But What You Need’ is a 3-year snapshot of my life where I felt defeated in almost every aspect. It was a therapeutic process where I realized I was the blame for a lot of my shortcomings, but also that I had the choice to decide how I was going to react: I could dwell on my bitterness (in same cases I did), or I could change the ending. Thematically, it may not be a groundbreaking record, but it has undeniable authenticity.”

Everything But What You Need will be released on Pure Noise Records tomorrow, March 31; it can be pre-ordered here.