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Butch Spring

by Sara Renberg

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i got the cassette as a gift from a friend, the music is good, it feels like the mic quality isn't very good, but it's still quite enjoyable, but the cassette has a little "window" so you can see how much of the cassette has or hasn't been played, but it's made of thin plastic that feels like it'd be in a ziplock bag, and the cassette has a LOT of trouble not getting tangled, and i suspect the window might maybe be making that worse Favorite track: #2 Dad.
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CPJMLT LTD Great follow up to Night Sands. Sara has wit for days and the instrumentation perfectly suits her words. Favorite track: I Want To Be Butch.
Mixtape 02:34
Stone Fruit 01:41
#2 Dad 02:14


The third full-length from Pittsburgh songwriter Sara Renberg, "Butch Spring" is an album about being humbled by a mid-30s identity crisis, and the confusion and joy that results. These are songs about gender, queerness, and relationships that are both playful and analytical, full of both depth and absurdity.

The follow-up to her critically-adored 2018 release "Night Sands," "Butch Spring" continues her reign of lyrically clever, emotionally resonant, scrappy indie rock songs that have earned her regular comparisons to Frankie Cosmos, Silver Jews, and The Mountain Goats. But the album also pushes her sound into new territory, with drop-tuned guitars, woodwinds, and surprise horn sections.


released March 5, 2021

Recorded, mixed, and engineered by Adam Lee, Jackpot Recording Studios, Portland, OR and Nate Campisi, Mr. Smalls Recording, Pittsburgh, PA

Woodwinds recorded by Caleb Miller, Very Much Recording, Columbus, OH

Mastered by Adam Gonsalves, Telegraph Mastering, Portland, OR

Cover art by Zoe Wodarz

Bass: Joshua James Amberson (on 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10)
Drums: Cay Davis (on 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10)
Trumpet: Alice Haas
Woodwinds: Andrew Kovaleski
All other instruments and vocals: Sara Renberg

Lyrics on "I Was Your Man" adapted from "Baguette" by Emily Kendal Frey
All songs written by Sara Renberg

"Renberg’s writing is as impressive as ever, approaching deep personal feelings and epiphanies with a sense of playful, deadpan poetry that you might expect from Malkmus or Berman." - Various Small Flames

"Scrappy, jangly, lo-fi with equal parts abrasive Palehound attitude and bedroom-pop warmth, swathed in life’s minutiae." - Janglepophub

"Renberg’s ability to wring depth and insight from life’s most mundane moments makes 'Mixtape,' and Butch Spring as a whole, an endlessly engaging listen." - Bored in Pittsburgh

"Sweet, sharp indie rock from PA's Sara Renberg reflects the fluidity of queer identities & relationships through personal storytelling." - Bandcamp New and Notable


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