Abby Hamilton Searches for Solace In “Whatever Helps You Sleep”

Burgeoning singer/songwriter Abby Hamilton explores the many ways we find escapism in her latest song. “Whatever Helps You Sleep,” released on September 20, serves as the Kentucky native’s second pre-release single from her upcoming full-length debut.

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In a statement, Hamilton calls the infectious, electric guitar-driven tune “a country song about doing whatever you want to do.” From indulging in vices to putting your faith in things unseen, the track offers up a set of relatable scenarios plucked from everyday life.

“Whatever Helps You Sleep” is the latest cut from #1 Zookeeper (of the San Diego Zoo), set for release on October 13 via Blue Gown Records. The album, produced by Justin Craig and Duane Lundy, includes ten original tracks introducing the acclaimed songsmith’s captivating blend of folk and indie rock. 

“This is an album about the worlds we create to cope with the world we are in,” Hamilton explains. “The places we go to for comfort within ourselves when we are grieving, strategizing, fantasizing, creating, and so on. These songs are fake worlds rooted in my own experiences processed through my own lens of anxiety and hope. I hope this brings comfort to those who are in the process (whatever that may be). You are not alone. 

“I was not alone in creating it either,” she continues. “With the help of Duane Lundy, Justin Craig, Zac Hamilton, Zach Martin, Carson Childers, and many more, I was aided in creating a sonic landscape that supported the fantasy vision. The goal was to integrate the sounds of country, rock, and anthemic choruses to create my own footprint. Tucked away in the studio for five months in Kentucky, we found a sound I am so proud of. #1 Zookeeper will always be the perfect timestamp to me of the process it takes to truly know and love yourself.” 

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This week, Hamilton kicked off a lengthy stretch of tour dates that wind across the U.S. through the end of November. The trek includes opening slots for Tyler Childers and Deer Tick, along with headlining shows supporting her upcoming debut record. You can find a complete list of upcoming tour dates and additional ticketing information by visiting Abby Hamilton’s official website.

Watch the official music video for “Whatever Helps You Sleep” below:

#1 Zookeeper (of the San Diego Zoo) Track List:

1. “Lucky”

2. “Good Thing”

 3. “Baby Let’s Ride”

4. “Mayday”

5. “#1 Zookeeper (of the San Diego Zoo)”

6. “Soccer Field”

7. “Satisfied”

8. “Whatever Helps You Sleep”

9. “Fine”

10. “Displacer”

Photo by Alysse Gafkjen, Courtesy of Sacks & Co.

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