Let Us Speculate About the New Tegan and Sara Album, “Love You to Death”

feature image by Pamela Littky via Twitter

After an excruciatingly drawn-out social media build-up, Tegan and Sara released the cover art for their eighth studio album and announced its release date: Love You to Death will drop on June 3, preceded by new music on April 8.

Love You To Death cover art via Twitter

Love You To Death cover art via Twitter

Their last album, Heartthrob, dropped over three years ago. We had a lot of feelings about it. Or rather, Crystal had a lot of feelings about Tegan and Sara on Autostraddle, and I had a lot of feelings about them alone in my room.

Tegan and Sara have had a big few years. They went on tour, recorded an infectious song hated by adults and children alike (which they then sang at the Oscars), were the voices of an Oreo jingle and Sara wrote the score for a film. They also got an Instagram account. And cats.

Based on Tegan and Sara’s social media presence over the past year, I can only conclude that this long-anticipated album will be a collection of songs from their previous records, rewritten to be about how they love Sara’s cats – Holiday and Mickey — to death.

Find the track list that I assume will be on the album below:

Track List (based purely on my ability to draw a logical conclusion)

1. Back in My Bed

Come on

A photo posted by Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) on

2. How Come You Don’t Want Me (Please Just Come Cuddle)


A photo posted by Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) on

3. Living Room (Is Where the Shiny Box Is)

Mr. Robot

A photo posted by Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) on

4. Relief Next to Me (Purring in My Lap)


A photo posted by Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) on

5. So Jealous (That You Get to Sleep All Day)


A photo posted by Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) on

6. Don’t Confess (Because You Can Only Meow)


A photo posted by Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) on

7. Drove Me Wild (Jumping on My Head at 3am)

Calm vibes before bed

A video posted by Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) on

8. You Went Away (Under the Covers)

Like your face

A photo posted by Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) on

9. Nineteen (Is the Number of Cats We Would Like to Have)

Big spoon

A photo posted by Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) on

10. Knife Going In (No, You’re Just Biting Me)

Sunday Funday

A photo posted by Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) on

What are your hopes and dreams for Love You to Death?

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  1. Their cats are so cute-thank you for taking the time to compile pictures of them! Now I just wanna squeeze their little furry faces!!! *cat heart eyes emoji*

  2. Goth rock beats with a lyrical emphasis on blood, death, romance and sex.
    Maybe vampires and witches.

    But it’s okay I’ve learned hope is usually a lie and dreams a delusion, I won’t be disappointed.

    *leaves black lipstick stains on glass of red wine*

    • Now, you’ve got me excited for the new album! If this post didn’t do its job, your comment tripled that excitement to 10000000000000000000000x

      Mind if I join you on drinking red wine? :)

      • I doubt it will happen.

        You and 2 other people are the only ones who possibly maybe got my reference to a song from 1996. Why would Tegan and Sara reference anything from that group or album?

        Although there is that lovely little track about menstrual cunnlingus that one can hope a queer lady loving artist(s) would cover. >D

        I do not drink wine red or white, it is a lyrical reference to a song.
        But sure drink up kid, it’s gud fer you.
        Red wine and dark chocolate are good for the heart.

        You could join me using dark chocolate as chip and peanutbutter as a dip.

        • Yeah, I doubt it too but a girl can pretend!

          And that would be cool if they covered “Wolf Moon”.

  3. I have been avoiding setting foot in my own apartment for months because I can not deal with the mountain of fur my roomie’s 2 cats produce.

    But now she is moving out and I got super depressed saying goodbye to the cats today.

    I feel better knowing I can just cyber-stalk Tegan and Sarah’s cats and when I stand up my trousers won’t be covered in cat fur.

  4. Omg omg omg omg I love it already. Totally willing to overlook the cheesy name and Tegan’s weird joker-esque look. And the actual cover seems like a reference to that one famous Con-era photo, no?

  5. really kinda jackin’ st vincent’s makeup aesthetic here. wouldn’t be surprised if she straightened her hair and snuck into the background of these shots.

  6. anything will be better than heartthrob. also i chuckled heartily at your title (resulting in some pain because I had water in my mouth), because her cats are the only thing of theirs i’ve kept up with.

  7. I love T&S but… I don’t get the new look and all that eye makeup. Still, counting down the days til we get some new music.

  8. i kind of forgot about T&S for a few months and then i see this and ohmygod now i’m way too excited for a new album!!!

  9. Wow I didn’t anticipate the apathy in the comments!

    I also didn’t anticipate all the cat photos, but I’m not sure how. This was brilliance.

    I am super excited (not so excited about the inevitable crying/driving sessions..but I think by the time this drops I’ll be in a better emotional place than I was for the last one)!

    • Heartthrob came out right when I was in my “I’m definitely queer, lets get into everything queer entertainment” stage so it’s always gonna be important to me. Now I’m All Messed Up = instant emotional wreck remembering the girl I spent a semester sighing over. I’m excited for this one for all the same reasons as you!

  10. Alternatively, the album is an ode to dead tv lesbians, who were killed in the line of love-making

  11. I came up with partial lyrics for Bonus Tracks

    Oh Mickey you’re so feline, so feline you blow my mind, hey Mickey.

    Took a Holiday, on a walk with me today. She didn’t want to play.

    Snapchat. ( in same tune As smack that by akon) all in your face. Snapchat. In tegan’s space. Snapchat. Sara’s plans. Snapchat. To show the fans.

  12. I initially hated Heartthrob with a passion because it was so different from their older albums, but it is admittedly now like my favourite workout music, so I’m not sure what to hope for.

    • honestly i would be SO satisfied with more happy-to-be-a-human/pump-up/work-out music. i feel like their back-catalog is full of enough angst for a lifetime.

      • Yeah I feel like personally I’ve moved past that angsty stage and I guess so have Tegan and Sara?

        I’d be down with some more workout tunes (although my early twenties self would be horrified to hear that)!

  13. Im just going to point out that the album drops on the last day of A-camp….. Soooooooo…. Breakfast listening party? Tegan and Sara on gratuitous shuffle on the shuttle?

    • omg assuming it drops at midnight we can have a last-night late-night listening party/feelings festival.

  14. i must admit, i feel really kind of scared of this new album. what if they make all my favourite cry-with-a-pillow-in-my-face songs sound like that lego song?

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