Margaret Glaspy: “Emotions & Math” (Live In Studio 1A)

Photo by Gabriel Perez/KUTX

There’s a heaviness to Margaret Glaspy, even when it’s just her guitar and a tiny amp in our Studio 1A. Her songs are jagged conversations, between her voice and guitar, between her head and your ears. The 27-year-old New Yorker’s debut album is out later this year via ATO Records, but she’s already winning over hearts across the country, touring alongside folk and country artists like Rayland Baxter and Mount Moriah.

Glaspy exists somewhere adjacent to this folk framework, but not too many steps removed from the plainspoken beauty of country music. The title of “Emotions & Math” even reads like a country song, albeit with two mismatched dance partners. Glaspy shivers through both on the song, reduced to counting days and picking up heartbroken pieces. “Emotions & Math” is about self-destruction; Glaspy’s sometimes-bemused delivery and perfect song construction only makes it more cutting.

Emotions & Math is out June 17 via ATO. Watch and listen to her Studio 1A performance of the song below.

–Art Levy

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