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Ethel Cain shares dreamy new single ‘American Teenager’

It's the final single ahead of the release of her debut album on May 12

By Hollie Geraghty

Ethel Cain stands on bleaches with her hands in the air against a blue sky
Ethel Cain (Picture: Ethel Cain/Press).

Ethel Cain has released new song ‘American Teenager’, the final single from her forthcoming debut album ‘Preacher’s Daughter’, out May 12.

The track is a nostalgic, sunset-tinged anthem that reflects on the dangers of patriotism and the temptation of the American dream.

‘American Teenager’ comes after singles ‘Gibson Girl’ and ‘Strangers’, following on from the release of her latest EP, ‘Inbred’, in 2021.

Last month she also shared a cover of Britney Spears’ ‘Everytime’ as part of Spotify’s EQUAL campaign. Listen to ‘American Teenager’ below.

Speaking about the release, Cain said: “Growing up I was surrounded by visions of Nascar, rock’n’roll, and being the one who would change everything.”

“They make you think it’s all achievable and that if nothing else, you should at least die trying. What they don’t tell you is that you need your neighbour more than your country needs you. I wrote this song as an expression of my frustration with all the things the ‘American Teenager’ is supposed to be but never had any real chance of becoming.”

The singer also today announced the ‘Freezer Bride Tour’, kicking off in Bloomington, Indiana, and finishing later in the month in Tallahasse, Florida. Tickets go on sale Friday 10am local time.

‘Preacher’s Daughter’ tracklisting:

1. ‘Family Tree (Intro)’
2. ‘American Teenager’
3. ‘A House in Nebraska’
4. ‘Western Nights’
5. ‘Family Tree’

6. ‘Hard Times’
7. ‘Thoroughfare’
8. ‘Gibson Girl’
9. ‘Ptolemaea’
10. ‘August Underground’
11. ‘Televangelism’
12. ‘Sun Bleached Flies’
13. ‘Strangers’