Vagaon’s “Water Me Down” Will Help You Process Indigestible Feelings

“Never meant to be you / Never meant to be me”

Photo: Tonje Thilesen

Vagabon, aka Lætitia Tamko, explores complicated emotions tied to frustrations, expectations, and incompatibility in her new single “Water Me Down.” We’ve all been emotionally constipated after confronting someone who seems to always push our buttons, but we can’t completely lacerate the bond we have with them. So we try to deal with those feelings. Think of this song as your Pepto Bismol:

“I wrote ‘Water Me Down’ in a stream of consciousness way in the few minutes following a frustrating phone call with someone. Coincidentally, I was at my friend Eric Litmann’s house who has a recording setup in his bedroom. I sat on his bed on a winter NYC night with a standard 58 mic up close to my face, and laid down the bulk of this song that night. We then went in and collaborated on the different textures… I tackled drums, arrangement, melodies and production. Eric played the synths and handled co-production. My intention with ‘Water Me Down’ was to create a playground in which to explore difficult feelings with confidence, triumph and foresight.”

“Water Me Down” is from Vagabon’s upcoming self-titled sophomore record, which will be out on October 18 via Nonesuch Records. She’ll kick off tour that month, so go see her:

10/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust

10/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pico Union Project

10/21 – London, UK @ St. Pancras Old Church

10/22 – Brussels, BE @ Autumn Falls @ Botanique – Brussels (B)

10/23 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain

10/24 – Paris, FR @ Hasard Ludique

10/30 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes *

10/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall *

11/1 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre *

11/4 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *

11/5 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre *

11/7 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s (Levitation) *

11/8 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *

11/9 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion *

11/10 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada *

11/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *

11/13 – Madison, WI. @ The Sylvee *

11/14 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre *

11/15 – Detroit, MI. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre *

11/16 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre *

11/18 – Montreal, QC @ mTelus *

11/19 – Boston, MA @ Royale *

11/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *

12/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren *

12/3 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park *

12/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palace Theater *

12/7 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *

12/9 – Portland, OR @ Roseland *

12/10 – Vancouver, BC @ The Orpheum Theatre *

12/11 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre *

12/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *

12/14 – Denver, CO @ The Gothic Theatre *

12/15 – Denver, CO @ The Gothic Theatre *

* w/ Angel Olsen