Matthew Sweet had a head start for his new album, Tomorrow's Daughter, whose opening track and first single is "I Belong to You."
Sweet wrote and did most of the recording for the dozen songs on the set, which comes out May 18, while making last year's expansive Tomorrow Forever. "It's really, like, a deeper dive into the sessions that made Tomorrow Forever," the Nebraska-based Sweet tells Billboard. "At the time I was finalizing that record I took all of these other songs I really liked and made it into this album. I didn't know if I'd get to release it right away or what, but I just liked the way they fell together." Sweet likens the project to the 1994 EP Son Of Altered Beast but notes that "this is more of a real record. It's a whole 12 songs that seemed to hold together and be their own fresh thing."
"I Belong to You" kicks the new album off in a manner that will sound familiar to fans of Sweet's particular brand of riffy power pop. "It's a very signature to me kind of song — it's poppy and upbeat and pledging love and all of that," Sweet says. "Everybody liked it when I was making Tomorrow Forever, so it was high up in my thoughts." There's more of that on Tomorrow's Daughter, too, though the album does have the "wide range of things" Sweet also likes to pursue.