Rundle says of the new track in a statement, “There is very little mystery as to what this song is about. The lyrics are not metaphorical. It’s about being a touring musician and trying to survive, to conjure the self discipline to go on without sacrificing sensitivity. How we can become hardened as a result of constantly selling our feelings, how I didn’t want that to happen to me but could feel the callousness building. It’s also about the financial feast or famine and whether a little immediate monetary gain is worth the expenditure of youth. It’s about wondering how long I might be allowed to do this and the fear that it could end at any moment— with Covid, the song has some renewed relevance in that regard. It talks about what it means to endure and what the rewards and consequences of such persistence might be.”
Hear “Staying Power” below.
Emma Ruth Rundle’s On Dark Horses was one of our Top 50 Albums of 2018. Her collaborative album with Thou is one of our most anticipated albums of 2020, though no release date has been confirmed as of yet.