Earlier today we shared Now, Now’s new single “SGL” alongside the news Jess Abbott had left the group. Abbott, who has her own project as Tancred, has now also released a new track today, a b-side off of her 2016 album Out of the Garden (via The FADER).

“Birthday Candles” unsurprisingly contains much of the DNA that made Out of the Garden great, with some great guitar work from Abbott. While the title and lyrics refer to a birthday celebration, the emotion is decidedly less cheery than what you might want at your next birthday party.

Abbott also shared a statement about her departure from Now, Now with FADER and on Tancred’s Facebook page. The statement reads:

“Hi! Due to differences within the group, I will no longer be participating in Now, Now moving forward. The three of us feel really positive about this decision and have spent a lot of time reflecting on the situation. I can’t thank you all enough for being there during this journey, for coming out to shows and supporting us and connecting with me. I will never forget the years I spent with Now, Now, the experiences it created, all the people I’m grateful to have met. It was such a beautiful thing to be a part of. Moving forward I am excited to continue putting all of my energy into Tancred. Thank you for the support you’ve shown me during this transition, moving into this project, and for keeping up with the music I’ve been making and will continue to make. Tancred has always been a comforting and personally fulfilling creative outlet for me and I’m excited to be able to push my boundaries further and fully explore my writing and the potential of Tancred. All of that said, here’s an unreleased b-side from Out of the Garden. Hope you enjoy it and hope to see you at one of the many shows I’ll be playing throughout this year!”

You can stream “Birthday Candles” below. It sounds like more new material from Tancred may not be too far off, so stay tuned.

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