Singer-songwriter Sarah Beth Tomberlin is preparing to release a new album: The folk artist’s sophomore record i don’t know who needs to hear this… is due out April 29th via Saddle Creek. Along with its announcement today, Tomberlin has shared the new single “happy accident,” as well as North American and European tour dates for Spring 2022.

Tomberlin wrote i don’t know who needs to hear this… with the intention of giving listeners an opportunity to hold the space to feel the depths of their emotions. Here, she blends the homey folk of Joni Mitchell with the moody pop of Frank Ocean and the chilling ambient of Grouper. Now that Tomberlin has settled into her new home base of Brooklyn among a fleet of musical collaborators, much of i don’t know who needs to hear this… was recorded live, making its sentiments even more palpable.

“happy accident” sees Tomberlin go bigger and grungier, with the assistance of Cass McCombs on guitar, Felix Walworth on drums, and Philip Weinrobe, who also co-produced the album, on bass. Over hefty electric guitar strums, she explores the grey area in an undefined relationship, contemplating whether the partnership in question is a true budding romance, or a strictly-physical fling: “What’s the point of this if I know how it ends?/ You said I got the spark, well baby are you the flint?” she sings.


“‘happy accident’ is a song about relational obscurity. Trying to sort out who you are or who you were to someone,” Tomberlin says in a statement. “I was kind of walking through moments in previous relationships in my life. I wanna know why someone wants to get to know me. Do you want to know me or just your idea of me? Do I want to know you or just my idea of you?”

Tomberlin will kick off her tour on April 20th in Paris, and wraps things up at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg in June. After playing solo during the European dates, she will be joined by a full band and opening act Jana Horn for the North American leg of the trek.

You can get tickets at Ticketmaster when they go on sale starting this Friday, February 18th at 10:00 a.m. local time. See her full schedule below.

Pre-orders are ongoing for i don’t know who needs to hear this…, which comes in vinyl, CD, and cassette variants. Below, watch the music video for “happy accident” and see the album’s tracklist and artwork.


i don’t know who needs to hear this… Artwork:

tomberlin i don't know who needs to hear this new album happy accident single stream tour

i don’t know who needs to hear this… Tracklist:
01. easy
02. born again runner
03. tap
04. memory
05. unsaid
06. sunstruck
07. collect caller
08. stoned
09. happy accident
10. possessed
11. idkwntht

Tomberlin 2022 Tour Dates:
04/20 – Paris, FR @ L’Archipel
04/21 – Utrecht, NL @ Kromme Haring
04/22 – Dortmund, DE @ Kino im U
04/25 – Berlin, DE @ Prachtwerk
04/26 – Leipzig, DE @ Horns Erben
04/27 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
04/28 – Margate, UK @ Caves
04/29 – Nottingham, UK @ Rough Trade
05/01 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
05/02 – Manchester, UK @ Yes (Basement)
05/03 – Edinburgh, UK @ Voodoo Rooms
05/04 – Birmingham, UK @ Cuban Embassy
05/05 – London, UK @ St Matthias Church
05/06 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb for Bach
05/07 – Brighton, UK @ Kmedia Studio
05/08 – Dublin, IE @ The Grand Social
05/13 – Somerville, MA @ Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre *
05/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA *
05/16 – Montréal, QC, Canada @ Bar Le Ritz PDB *
05/17 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ The Baby G *
05/18 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern *
05/20 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village *
05/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
05/22 – Des Moines, IA @ xBk *
05/25 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder *
05/26 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
05/27 – Vancouver, BC, Canada Wise Hall *
05/28 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – Madame Lou’s *
06/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room *
06/02 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
06/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
06/05 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
06/07 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
06/08 – Columbus, OH @ Natalie’s Grandview *
06/09 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House *
06/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *

* = w/ Jana Horn