12/30/2016

The Deer Tracks UNDERSVIK

Happy New Album!

As the new year approaches we'd like to write to you a few lines about our new album UNDERSVIK.

It's been three years since we recorded this album and it's hard to say exactly why it took us this long to get it out. However, we are pleased to feel the inspiration flowing again and we hope that you like to celebrate the release of UNDERSVIK by checking it out! 

Spotify: https://goo.gl/pZ1qyb iTunes Store: https://goo.gl/Tri9Bi
Pre-order 250 Limited Edition Vinyl (release March 9): https://goo.gl/BPqPe5

www.thedeertracksmusic.com 


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12/27/2016

The Smell announces 19th Anniversary Weekend Celebration events

The Smell announces 19th Anniversary Weekend Celebration events, featuring No Age, Ty Segall, Best Coast, Bleached & much more!

3-nights of events planned at The Smell and The Belasco Theater Jan. 6, 7 & 8 with proceeds going to The Smell's relocation fund
 
 
The Smell announces its 19th Anniversary events, which will feature three nights of events, starting with a Penniback Records night at The Smell on Jan. 6 (full details below), followed by a special off-site concert at The Belasco Theater on Jan. 7 (see flyer above, full details below), and a Danger Collective Records night at The Smell on Jan. 8 (full details below). Proceeds from all three nights will go towards The Smell's Relocation Fund (more on that here) #savethesmell
Night 1: Jan. 6 @ The Smell
Penniblack Records presents:
Jurassic Shark
Super Lunch
Clit Kat
Kuromi
8pm
$10 / all ages
Tickets at the door
Night 2: Jan. 7 @ The Belasco Theater
No Age
Best Coast

Bleached
Ty Segall
Vice Cooler
Special Surprise Guest
5pm
$35 / all ages
Tickets
Night 3: Jan. 8 @ The Smell
Danger Collective Records presents:
Current Joys (member of Surf Curse)
TEEKS
BOYO (solo)
Momma
8pm
$10 / all ages
Tickets at the door

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12/23/2016

NIN Not The Actual Events EP Out Now

Not The Actual Events
NOT THE ACTUAL EVENTS EP OUT NOW
Late last year, Reznor declared, "New NIN coming in 2016.  Other stuff, too.”  The other stuff amounted to the scores for NASA's Juno short film, the climate change documentary “Before the Flood” (featuring the song “A Minute To Breathe”) and the about-to-be-released Peter Berg film “Patriots Day”.  Now just in time he makes good on the Nine Inch Nails side of things.
Not The Actual Events, the new 5 song EP finds Reznor and now official bandmate Atticus Ross taking an unexpected left turn from 2013’s Hesitation Marks and sounding unrecognizable from their current film work.
“It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make” says Reznor.  “It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”
Not The Actual Events is self-released and is available now on all digital platforms. The NIN store is offering two formats:  180g 1-sided Vinyl, and a unique limited Digital + Physical Component version. Preorders of 180g vinyl will receive high resolution digital files instantly.

LISTEN

PURCHASE
 
Burning Bright (Field On Fire)
BURNING BRIGHT (FIELD ON FIRE)

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Singer-Songwriter Courtney Jaye & Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave Form Rogue + Jaye

SINGER-SONGWRITER COURTNEY JAYE AND ROGUE WAVE FRONTMAN, ZACH ROGUE, FORM ROGUE + JAYE

NEW TRACK, “FORCES OF DECAY,” NOW PREMIERING WITH ROLLING STONE COUNTRY

PENT UP, THE DUO’S FORTHCOMING FULL-LENGTH DEBUT ALBUM, TO BE RELEASED IN 2017

“The collaboration will tap into Jaye's gorgeously powerful pop vocals, Rogue's penchant for dreamy melodies and the way that, together, it all melds into something as informed by Belle and Sebastian and Mazzy Star as it is Ingrid Michelson.” – Rolling Stone Country
Photo: Barton Bronstein
Los Angeles via Nashville singer-songwriter Courtney Jaye and Zach Rogue, frontman of the acclaimed Bay Area indie-rock band Rogue Wave, are pleased to announce Rogue + Jaye, the brand new musical partnership between the two artists. Stemming from a songwriting session between Rogue and Jaye that took place in December 2013, the two forged an easygoing spirit of collaboration and mutual respect over those sessions, all of which comes through on Pent Up, the duo’s debut album that will see a 2017 release. 

Forces Of Decay,” the first song from the forthcoming album to be released and that is now premiering on Rolling Stone Country, is a track about seeking out safety and security in an otherwise turbulent world. "’Forces Of Decay’ is about intimacy with another person protecting you from the chaos outside the door,” says Jaye. “The world, now more than ever, seems to be a dark and confusing place. But you can build an insular world that no one can touch when you have love in your life." Check out the premiere of “Forces Of Decay” over at Rolling Stone Country 
HERE

The upcoming release of Pent Up symbolizes a fresh start, creatively, for Jaye, whose path has taken her to Nashville, Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles and beyond. "My decision to move back to Los Angeles after living in Nashville for nine years was because I needed a change,” she continues. “I think both places will always feel like a home to me and will forever occupy equal space in my heart and equal influence over my music and sound. I've never been a traditional Pop, Americana, or Country artist, and living out west right now represents for me the freedom to be untethered to one particular musical sound, scene, or genre. And I feel this project is an extension of that."

More details on Pent Up will be released in the new year. 

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12/21/2016

LAUREL Unveils Visual for "Too Far"

 
Unveils Visual for "Too Far" via
W Magazine
Park EP Out Now via Counter Records

Credit: Olivia Richardson

"The video for 'Too Far,' combines two narratives, anchored both by Audrey's mournful stare and Laurel's lyrics." - W Magazine
 
"The British singer's PARK EP is expected to be released this November, and we can barely contain ourselves." - Nylon
 
"The moody track shows off the Brit's velvet vocals and knack for writing a melancholy melody, while slightly veering away from cinematic sound of other dark-pop divas." - Idolator
 
"'Hurricane,' hears the singer tap into her folkier rock side. Gone (for now) are the anxious melancholy strings, and in their place something more mature and content, but still completely reflective." - V Magazine
 
London-based singer/songwriter/producer Laurel has released a raw, emotional visual narrative for her song "Too Far," directed by Kimbra Audrey - PRESS HERE to watch viaW Magazine.
 
Laurel enchanted friends and critics alike with her new bold, mature sound with her recent EP Park, which was released on November 18 via Counter Records. The EP tracks all charted on Hype Machine while receiving major support from radio tastemakers on both sides of the pond, including BBC Radio 1, Beats Radio and KCRWThe EP was written, performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Laurel in her London bedroom-based studio, showcasing a more stripped back, folk-rock sound and a preview of more to come on her debut album due in early 2017.
 

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12/20/2016

Nashville Musician Jessi Zazu (Those Darlins) Announces New Project and Medical Bill Fundraising Effort

Nashville Musician Jessi Zazu Announces New Project And Medical Bill Fundraising Effort

The Former Lead Singer Of Those Darlins Has Recently Been Diagnosed With Metastatic Cancer
photo by Jeanette D. Moses for Paste Magazine

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former lead singer of local band Those Darlins Jessi Zazu has been facing serious health issues since she was diagnosed with cancer seven months ago. This October, she learned that her cancer had metastasized, and her fight against the disease will last longer than originally anticipated. To help cover the cost of living expenses and bills, she has launched a fundraising website at https://www.youcaring.com/jessizazu-718972.

Despite her diagnosis, Zazu has been working on art and music projects, including a new album. Please find her official statement here:

As most of you know, Those Darlins decided to call it quits as a band in early 2016. We all mutually felt it was time to take a step back and pursue other projects, and it has been a really good decision for all of us. My plan was to continue on exploring my own musical path with my bandmate Linwood Regensburg, and we had a baby project in the oven even as we were finishing up our final blow-out tour with Those Darlins (which was a blast!).

Although I was in poor health during the span of that tour, I never would have guessed that a week after I arrived back to my home in Nashville, Tennessee I would be hospitalized and diagnosed with stage 2 cervical cancer. It came as a big shock, and my plans for making music and forging ahead in my art career suddenly took a back seat. I decided to keep the news relatively private, because I was hoping I could complete the treatment, beat the cancer, and move on from a temporary road block.

Unfortunately, this November, I found out that the cancer had already metastasized and spread through my lymphatic system, probably before I was first diagnosed. This is typically what they would call a "no cure scenario", but I refuse to believe that to be the case. I feel healthy, happy, hopeful, determined, positive, and full of sparks and nails. In a sense: there's a tumor growing on my body, I don't know what lays in store, but I ain't afraid anymore. Yes, I guess I am a mystic mind after all.

photo by Linwood Regensburg

In these next few months I plan to continue recording with Linwood and looking forward to a musical future with the world. I also am working on a visual art show about my experiences this year.

Zazu elaborates further on her experience and new project in this video.

(Those who want to send Jessi notes, CDs or art to wish her well should address all mail to Jessi Zazu, P.O. Box 92017, Nashville, TN 37209)

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200+ Rock Stars/Icons come together for WE ARE NOT AFRAID video

WE ARE NOT AFRAID -- 
Organized by Steve Weitzman, We Are Not Afraid 
Enlists 200+ Rock Stars and Cultural Icons to Stand Against Violence and Hate and to Raise Funds to
Support Global Refugee Organizations
A Positive Statement in a Negative World, says 
 Director and Rock Photographer Bob Gruen
 
(New York, NY) -  Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Sting, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith and Yoko Ono have come together with 200 other rock legends and cultural heroes to declare We Are Not Afraid, in a new video targeted to raise funds for victims of religious and political violence around the world.
 
Creator/organizer Steve Weitzman says We Are Not Afraid gives a voice to those  whose voices often go unheard. Originally created as a 4-minute video, so many notables signed on that it needed to be lengthened. Enter legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen who expanded it into an 8-minute video. "It's a positive statement in a negative world," says Gruen who served as director. "I hope it becomes something that inspires people around the world to do their own versions. You shouldn't go through life being afraid."
 
Weitzman says, "my long-time friend Bob Gruen -- who was a very early supporter of this project and brought it to Yoko Ono's attention, resulting in her becoming the campaign's very first participant -- immediately offered to put together the long form We Are Not Afraid video when told of our plan. And for that we are deeply grateful."
 
Set to a catchy tune, "We Are Not Afraid" penned by Nigerian singer-songwriter Majek Fashek, the music video shows all the stars holding signs bearing the slogan We Are Not Afraid. It is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and other major outlets with all proceeds being donated to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Human Rights Watch (HRW). 
 
The campaign has enlisted a group of participants that reads like a Who's Who including Dr. Jane Goodall, Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne, Chuck D, Galactica, Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt, Darlene Love, Debbie Harry, Dion, Elvis Costello, Grandmaster Flash, Jeff Tweedy, Shep Gordon and Susan Sarandon. 
The original 4-minute video directed by Kevin Godley had to be expanded to accommodate the flood of rock stars that wanted to take part in the campaign.
All are lending their voices in advocacy for the "We Are Not Afraid" campaign in response to the global refugee crisis and victims of religious and political violence. 
 
"We're alarmed by the hateful and dangerous rhetoric coming from politicians across Europe and the United States," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "We must not allow the rising threat of racism and hate to violate our most basic principles of humanity.  We're moved and grateful that so many artists are speaking out and standing with us for human rights."
 
David Millband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee added, "We applaud the efforts of the hundreds of public figures who have invested their time and talent to provide critical aid to help refugees and raise awareness about their plight.  When too many politicians are trading in fear it is heartening to see people of renown and credibility standing up for hope."
 
 "We're all together now!" said artist and peace activist Yoko Ono in reflection of the superstar talent that has joined forces around one powerful statement: "We Are Not Afraid" to stand against the countless acts of violence, hate, discrimination and abuse witnessed globally." 
 
American rock and country singer-songwriter Steve Earle offered, "We are a nation of immigrants, MOST of whom were refugees from one human tragedy or another.  The very idea of closing our hearts and our borders out of fear of newcomers is the death of the American Dream itself."
 
Refugees in some of the world's wealthiest nations face some of the poorest and most dire conditions as they seek asylum.  It is with urgency that the "We Are Not Afraid" campaign affirms the need to help unite all global citizens as one to provide aid and respite.  Participating artists acknowledge and herald the critical need to address and support those who most need their voice. 
 
For more information on "We Are Not Afraid" 
Facebook:  We Are Not Afraid Campaign
Video: here

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Tristen releases charity holiday song; announces tour with Vanessa Carlton

TRISTEN RELEASES A HOLIDAY SONG 
"IN WINTER BLUES"
TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE

ANNOUNCES 2017 TOUR WITH VANESSA CARLTON 
“Nashville’s best-kept secret” (The Boston Globe) singer-songwriter and poet Tristen, releases a stunningly somber and beautifully orchestrated original holiday song, "In Winter Blues," to raise money for the International Rescue Committee, an organization founded by Albert Einstein and currently helping vulnerable families caught in the world’s worst humanitarian crises to survive and rebuild their lives.

A farewell to an old love, "In Winter Blues" portrays the devastating loneliness of being single during the holidays, where the songwriter “cried behind the evergreen” and boasts that “real friends make a toast to remind me they never liked you anyway." In addition to its lush arrangement and pristine vocals, the song features Nashville pedal steel legend Jim Hoke (NRBQ, Dolly Parton, Billy Joel) and local folk darling, Erin Rae McKaskle on backing vocals. 

Tristen gained notice as an artist with “pop hooks and pure inspiration” (NPR) through her 2011 folk-oriented recordCharlatans at the Garden Gate and was later recast as “a synth-pop siren” (SPIN) by her 2013 record CAVES. Outlets including Rolling StoneThe Wall Street Journal, and KCRW have all recognized Tristen’s skill as a songwriter and performer. Tristen spent 2015 as a backing singer and keyboard player in Jenny Lewis’s band and released her first book of poetry, Saturnine, earlier this fall which features a foreword by rock and roll poet Ezra Furman.

Public link to download and donation here:
https://tristen.bandcamp.com

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Tristen will be joining Vanessa Carlton on her 2017 US & Canada tour dates listed below.

22-Feb - Indianapolis, IN - Schrott Center for the Performing Arts
23-Feb - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
24-Feb - Chicago, IL - City Winery
25-Feb - Evanston, IL - SPACE
26-Feb - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
28-Feb - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe
2-Mar - Stratford, ON - Masonic Hall
3-Mar - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
4-Mar - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
6-Mar - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
7-Mar - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
9-Mar - Bay Shore, NY - YMCA Boulton Ctr. For The Perf. Arts
10-Mar - New York, NY - City Winery
11-Mar - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
12-Mar - Richmond, VA - Tin Pan
16-Mar - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
17-Mar - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
18-Mar - Atlanta, GA - City Winery
19-Mar - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
21-Mar - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay
23-Mar - San Antonio, TX - Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
24-Mar - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
25-Mar - Austin, TX - The Parish Room


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Rough Trade Publishing declares war on complacency - announces "a song a day keeps the pain away" charity

ROUGH TRADE PUBLISHING DECLARES WAR ON COMPLACENCY
“2017: A SONG A DAY KEEPS THE PAIN AWAY”
TO FEATURE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SONGS FOR FIRST 90 DAYS OF THE NEW YEAR
ANNOUNCED CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:
RACHEL GRIMES, JULIANA HATFIELD,
DELICATE STEVE, KEVIN DEVINE, HIGH HIGHS, LUSHLIFE and more
ALL INCOME TO BE DONATED TO SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

VIDEO AVAILABLE NOW
BANDCAMP SUBSCRIPTIONS BEGIN AT $20.17




(New York, NY) Rough Trade Publishing (RTP) will mark the arrival of 2017 by declaring war on complacency with “2017: A Song A Day Keeps The Pain Away” that will feature a previously unreleased song from one of RTP’s extraordinary roster of artists released daily for the first 90 days of the new year via Bandcamp. Subscriptions begin at $20.17, with all proceeds donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A remarkable line-up of Rough Trade Publishing artists have already pledged contributions to “2017: A Song A Day Keeps The Pain Away,” among them such luminaries as Rachel Grimes, Juliana Hatfield, Delicate Steve, High Highs Lushlife, with more to be announced in the coming days and weeks. Daily updates will be posted via RTP's twitter account and Bandcamp.

“This is a call to arms,” says Lyle Hysen, President of Rough Trade Publishing. “These songs will be our daily ration to help preserve us for the upcoming winter of our discontent. At this point in the game, we need as many shots fired across the bow as possible. These 90 songs are just a start. We all need to be volunteering, making donations and using our time as wisely as possible. It'll take more than sad FB posts to combat the 2016 election results."

Rough Trade Publishing in its current incarnation was initially operated as House of Hassle Publishing (HoH), a privately owned New York LLC formed in 2007 by co-founder Lyle Hysen of Bank Robber Music, an industry leader in independent TV/film music licensing. Hysen was joined in the innovative venture by Big Hassle Media co-founder/President Ken Weinstein (known industry-wide for his work with Robert Plant, Jack White, and the Superfly family of festivals, including Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Outside Lands), and entertainment attorney Gandhar Savur, co-founder of New York City/Nashville-based boutique business, entertainment and intellectual property law firm Savur Threadgold LLP. March 2016 saw House of Hassle’s acquisition of UK publishing company Rough Trade Publishing (RTP). Rough Trade Publishing is positioned within the Bank Robber Industries family of companies, with operations run out of Bank Robber Industries’ New York, Nashville, Los Angles, and London offices.

For more information, please see roughtradepublishing.com
#SADRTP

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IMMERSION Analogue Creatures Living On An Island



IMMERSION  Analogue Creatures Living On An Island OUT 25 NOV 2016 - PRE ORDER NOW

1. Always The Sea
2. Nanocluster
3. Fireflys
4. Shapeshifters
5. Living On An Island
6. Mechanical Creatures
7. Spinner
8. Organic Cities
9. Slow Light



Immersion’s new album of seductive instrumentals takes in a wide range of moods and energies. Their music is a kind of Electro-Kosmishe - the sound of the 21st century, which nonetheless draws inspiration from German pioneers such as Cluster and Popol Vuh. And, like those groups, Immersion can create a world which is simultaneously devotional and sensual.

Combining the considerable talents of Malka Spigel of Minimal Compact and Colin Newman of Wire, Immersion is a true collaboration, with no delineation between who plays or does what.  “We don’t have fixed roles in Immersion,” says Spigel. Newman concurs: “You can’t really tell who plays what.” 
Between 1994 and 1999, Immersion released three critically acclaimed albums of expansive instrumental electronica – music which encompassed the meditative and the hallucinatory. They also garnered remixes by some of the biggest names in electronic music. And then?  Then, they faded from view…

Cut to a mere 17 years later, and a new Immersion album glides into earshot. Their sound is unmistakable. And yet, clearly, the duo have evolved. Immersion has returned a different beast. The pulsing and sliding analogue synths are still present and correct. Indeed, the stately and plaintive Mechanical Creatures, with its constantly evolving web of analogue synth throbs, could easily find a home on Fripp and Eno’s classic Evening Star album. But there are also several sonic advancements from Immersion’s previous recordings.

The most noticeable differences are the introduction of guitars into the mix and an increased sense of urgency to their compositions. This means Analogue Creatures Living On An Island cannot be classified as ambient music. Although it does have its contemplative moments - such as the gently unfolding Slow Light - the majority of the album is powered by a strong sense of motion. Nanocluster is a tense and insistent composition. Coming over like the score to some futuristic spy film, it demonstrates Immersion’s skill at creating miniature sound worlds alive with detail. Meanwhile, the urgent forward propulsion of Organic Cities weaves in shades of prime era Tangerine Dream - and may well be the album’s highlight. The fact the album has been largely constructed using analogue instrumentation rather than digital, definitely gives it a warmth and depth which sets it apart.

During Immersion’s 17 years hiatus, Spigel and Newman have been far from idle. Spigel released acclaimed solo albums, exhibited her distinctive photography, and performed sold-out shows with a reformed Minimal Compact. Newman helmed the revitalised Wire through a series of stunning gigs and poll-topping albums.  Besides which, the pair collaborated with Max Franken and Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) as Githead, purveyors of skewed art-pop. And yet, despite all these outlets for their creativity, they decided the time was right to reactivate Immersion. “It felt like the right moment for us to do something with synths again,” says Newman. “We had the urge to create instrumental, free-flowing music, which didn’t depend on any kind of verse/chorus/middle eight format. Music that could also be propulsive with out resorting to any kind of obvious drumming.”
And it’s true the album exhibits a very organic flow. Another contributory factor could well be the duo’s relocation from London to Brighton.  “We live ten minutes away from the sea,” says Spigel. “We walk by it almost every day. It’s different every time we see it, even every hour.  We’ve definitely been inspired by the light and the sound.” This influence is perhaps heard most strongly on Spinner, the sonic equivalent of a bright spray of light radiating across a seascape.   

Analogue Creatures Living On An Island is the point where Immersion emerge from being one of the UK electronica scene’s best kept secrets, and gain the recognition they so richly deserve.

VINYL
For those who prefer vinyl, the album is available spread across two 10” singles: Analogue Creatures and Living On An Island.

The tracklisting is the same – only the running order differs. Analogue Creatures is Out Now. Living On an Island is released on 25 November.

1. Always The Sea
2. Shapeshifters
3. Organic Cities
4. Mechanical Creatures
5. Slow Light

1. Fireflys
2. Nanocluster
3. Spinner
4. Living On An Island

GIGS
Immersion only rarely plays live – just two appearances up to the beginning of 2016 – but occasional live shows are now taking place. The most recent, our third in 2016, was at the Pop-Kultur Festival in Berlin in early September, as a collaboration with Ronald Lippok. You can read a review of it on the Quietus. The next will be at The Verdict, in Brighton, on 1 October as part of the Coloured Memories event. This is followed by a show on 19 November at the Ozen Bar, Tel Aviv, and will include a collaboration with Ulrich Schnauss.

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12/19/2016

New video for Imelda May's "Call Me" premieres at W Magazine; T Bone Burnett-produced record out next year

IMELDA MAY’S “CALL ME” VIDEO
PREMIERES AT W MAGAZINE
 
FIRST NEW MUSIC IN ANTICIPATION OF FORTHCOMING
FULL LENGTH RECORD
 
 
Artwork photo credit (left): Max Dodson; Artist photo credit (right): Roger Deckker
 
“Ms. May has a rich, tangy voice and sultry presence”—The New York Times
 
“[May] performs with undeniable flair.”—Associated Press
 
W Magazine is premiering the video for “Call Me,” the first new music from critically acclaimed Irish singerImelda May in nearly three years, while hailing the song as a “sweet, spare lament.” Watch/share the video HERE. The track is the first single from May’s forthcoming 2017 release and is available now via Verve Records.
 
Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, the track marks a new direction for May who, in the time since her 2014 release Tribal, ended her marriage of eighteen years. “Call Me” is among the most autobiographical songs May has written, with Burnett noting, “I’ve never met anyone quite like Imelda May. She is full of life. When I first happened onto her music, she was a punky Irish Rockabilly singer with a great band. I was intrigued by her deep feeling for and understanding of that American art form, much of which, of course, had originated in Ireland. When I ran across her several years later, she had gone through a change of lives and was writing about it with a wild intensity and singing about it in the most open hearted way. I was inspired by her honesty and her generosity, and I continue to be intrigued.” Adds May, “It’s therapy, like keeping a diary that a lot of people read. Some of my favorite songs don’t say much, but they reveal everything.”
 
May’s new musical direction accompanies an overarching stylistic change for the established singer. “I always loved the ’50s rockabilly style but there was a point where I felt I was almost dressing up as Imelda May,” she notes. “It was as if I was getting into character for a gig. And I didn’t want to do that anymore. This is me.”
 
The upcoming album features contributions from guitar hero Jeff Beck and piano maestro Jools Holland, as well as an accomplished group of backing musicians including the core trio of guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss) and bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets, Mini Mansions). Recorded over seven days in Los Angeles, the songs on the upcoming record were written over the course of May’s tumultuous past year. May states that she began writing songs for the album with “no preconceived notions of where it was going to go. My plan was to have no plan because it was freedom. It was liberating.”
 
May’s previous records have seen success both in the U.S. as well as in Europe. Tribal debuted at #1 in Ireland and #3 in the UK. The Guardian gave the album four stars, saying “This album is no time capsule; it’s fresh and embracing…” while The Times praised May’s “raw, impassioned vocals.” Her previous release, 2010’s Mayhem, also received critical acclaim with The Los Angeles Times commenting, “Ireland-born Imelda May’s career is fostered by paying homage to legends like Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash and, more importantly, furthering rockabilly’s cross-pollination into New Orleans jazz, delta blues and amp-splitting punk aggression.” Mayhem went Platinum in Ireland and Gold in the U.K., while May has seen performances on “Later…With Jools Holland,” “Conan,” “and an impressive four performances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” to name a few.

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