Magazine album – Optimist Mag http://optimistmag.org/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 19:40:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://optimistmag.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/optimist-150x150.png Magazine album – Optimist Mag http://optimistmag.org/ 32 32 Josh Rouse Shares Sunny New Single ‘She’s In LA’ From His Upcoming Album ‘Going Places’ https://optimistmag.org/josh-rouse-shares-sunny-new-single-shes-in-la-from-his-upcoming-album-going-places/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 17:14:01 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/josh-rouse-shares-sunny-new-single-shes-in-la-from-his-upcoming-album-going-places/ Acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Rouse shares new summer-ready single “She’s In LA,” from his upcoming album Going Places, out July 29 via Yep Roc Records. Featuring a laid-back groove, the song is accompanied by a Townes Van Zandt-inspired camcorder-style music video. Rouse recently spoke to Magnet Magazine, who called the album “feel-good scratching, spontaneous hooks and […]]]>

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Rouse shares new summer-ready single “She’s In LA,” from his upcoming album Going Places, out July 29 via Yep Roc Records.

Featuring a laid-back groove, the song is accompanied by a Townes Van Zandt-inspired camcorder-style music video. Rouse recently spoke to Magnet Magazine, who called the album “feel-good scratching, spontaneous hooks and a slightly exotic groove that should translate perfectly to live.” Pre-Order Going Places here.

“In June 1993, I dropped out of college, planning to move to Los Angeles,” Rouse explains. “The idea was to move there and start a band with a few friends, things you do when you’re in your twenties. I went to South Dakota for a few months to save some money while living with my family In late July my bandmates decided not to go to LA I moved to Tempe, AZ, interning at a recording studio on an impulse. turned out to be a successful venture (I also took tables at a Scottsdale resort), returned to Tennessee and re-enrolled in college six months later I often wonder what would have happened if I had gone to LA”

Going Places came together over the past two years when Josh Rouse found himself unable to film and took refuge with his family in Spain. With his Spanish band, he started creating new songs in a small local venue owned by a friend, resulting in ten road-ready tracks with a looser, more relaxed vibe than his previous work.

Where 2018’s Love in the Modern Age saw it take a left turn into keyboard-based retro-new wave territory, Going Places is steeped in classic guitar melodies, with touches of organ and horn, layers of backing vocals and a distinctive southern twang. Rouse shared two previous singles, including the guitar-driven “Hollow Moon” and the 1970s-inspired “Stick Around,” which BrooklynVegan called “a song that’s warm, welcoming, unassuming and a promising taste of the new LP.”

Over the past two decades, Josh Rouse has cemented his status as one of this generation’s most acclaimed songwriters with insightful lyrics and his warm, effortless style. His work has been celebrated by the press, including Associated Press, Billboard, NPR Music, Los Angeles Times, BrooklynVegan, Salon and more.

Forbes called him “a masterful songwriter”, and Paste said, “His knack for creating a simple feeling over an upbeat melody shines through again and again.” Now 50 years old, Going Places marks the next step in his career. Looking to the future, the new album once again proves Rouse’s undeniable ability to evolve and push his sound forward, delivering something both familiar and totally new.

Watch the new music video here:

June 22 – Vienna, Virginia @ Jammin Java
June 25 – Albany, NY @ The Linda WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio
June 26 – Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim
June 28 – Old Saybrook, CT @ Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
June 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
June 30 – New York, NY @ City Winery
July 22 – Nashville, TN @ City Winery
September 8 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Back Room at Colectivo
September 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota

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Lauren Bushnell’s Baby Bump album, pregnant, before her second child https://optimistmag.org/lauren-bushnells-baby-bump-album-pregnant-before-her-second-child/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 10:48:24 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/lauren-bushnells-baby-bump-album-pregnant-before-her-second-child/ Second round! Lauren Bushnell Lane prepares to welcome her second child with her husband Chris Lane – and she takes her fans with her. The couple, who wed in October 2019, announced on June 6 that she was pregnant with baby #2. “Party of 4, coming October 2022,” Bushnell Lane wrote in a family photo. […]]]> ]]> ALBUM REVIEW: Loathing Light – ONI https://optimistmag.org/album-review-loathing-light-oni/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/album-review-loathing-light-oni/ Six long years have passed since the release of their first album Ironshoreleaving many wondering about the future of ONI and if they were a single hit wonder. light of disgust which is now available via an independent label Ironshore Records ushers in an exciting new chapter for the band, which might turn out to […]]]>

Six long years have passed since the release of their first album Ironshoreleaving many wondering about the future of ONI and if they were a single hit wonder. light of disgust which is now available via an independent label Ironshore Records ushers in an exciting new chapter for the band, which might turn out to be a little surprising.

The lie kicks off this release in high-octane fashion with a mix of emotive melodies and punchy instrumentation. Powerful drums roll over the track accompanied by tantalizing riff sequences. Against my sins maintains forceful hooks but only in short bursts. This piece takes a more tense and poignant approach, focusing more on lyrical narrative to add a personal nature to the proceedings. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have Iggy Pop and Randy Blythe functionality on the same track? Good secrets has what you need. A blistering tempo meets intense bursts of musicality to get your adrenaline pumping.

Awake throws some terrific grooves into the mix as he continues his assault. Seductive drum beats run rampant, providing a solid foundation for the carnage. ender of war is not short of buoyancy as a hip-hop outfit CITY MORGUE leave their emphatic imprint on the track. While being an unconventional addition that may prove to be chalk and cheese for some listeners, it certainly adds to the variety presented. stone heart is packed full of anthemic instances that will have the metalcore faithful singing their hearts out. Accessible, eye-catching and memorable – what’s not to love?

battery grave quickly bares its razor-sharp teeth, plunging into the more aggressive realms of ONIoffer. If you want a track to blow your mind as a pit explodes, this will be it for you. Static Sequence sustains that vicious mentality, reeling off smooth riff work in impressive fashion. The crisp sound of the guitar does wonders to bring this track to life. Gasoline lets eccentric flair roam free, chopping and changing styles frequently to add spice to the chaos. The overwhelming momentum continues to build throughout as this piece becomes an absolute beast. Golden is almost like a cool down after a handful of fist-pumping tracks. The clean, acoustic tones tug at your heart strings allowing the vocal work to take you on an emotional journey.

If you were anticipating another round of technical bludgeoning similar to the Ironshore then you might be disappointed because ONI took a completely different direction this time around. light of disgust leans towards a more open approach to songwriting, flowing in a range of styles and moods that remain remarkably consistent. It’ll be interesting to see what the future holds and what the next creative process looks like, but before we get too far there’s a lot to enjoy about this release.

Rating: 8/10

Loathing Light is available now through Ironshore Records.

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BTS star Suga is ‘working hard’ on a solo album E! News UK https://optimistmag.org/bts-star-suga-is-working-hard-on-a-solo-album-e-news-uk/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 11:20:59 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/bts-star-suga-is-working-hard-on-a-solo-album-e-news-uk/ Suga is “working hard” on his upcoming solo album. The BTS rapper – who released his second mixtape ‘D-2’ in May 2020 – has revealed he’s gearing up for his next project, noting he wants to promote his work through “the same system that regular bands do. when they promote and have a debut single […]]]>

Suga is “working hard” on his upcoming solo album.

The BTS rapper – who released his second mixtape ‘D-2’ in May 2020 – has revealed he’s gearing up for his next project, noting he wants to promote his work through “the same system that regular bands do. when they promote and have a debut single and a B-side”.

He told Weverse Magazine, “Ah, what should I do? I’m hard at work on a follow-up to ‘D-2’.”

The star insisted he wanted to continue making music and not be tied to any specific genre.

He explained, “I also tried songs in different styles on ‘D-2’.

“I feel like I might not be able to become the master of a genre, but I can wear many hats… There’s still so much I want to do.

“I have no idea what kind of music I’m going to make in my 30s, 40s or 50s, but I want to keep making music until the day I die.”

The 29-year-old star’s comments come after he and his BTS bandmates confirmed they were on a “temporary hiatus”.

Suga – along with Septet Jin, 29, J-Hope, 28, RM, 27, V, 26, Jimin, 26, and Jungkook, 24 – broke the news of their hiatus to their armies of fans during their annual FESTA dinner which celebrated nine years of the hugely popular group.

RM said it was time for them to work on their own, adding, “I always thought BTS was different from other groups, but the problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don’t. don’t give you time to mature. .

“You have to keep producing music and keep doing something.”

J-Hope said, “I think we should spend some time apart to learn how to be one again. I hope you don’t see this as a negative thing and see it as a healthy plan. I think BTS will become stronger this way.

V insisted they weren’t breaking up and vowed that “the group’s synergy will be like no other” when they reunite.

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Kylie Minogue on her new wine brand, her next album and staying curious https://optimistmag.org/kylie-minogue-on-her-new-wine-brand-her-next-album-and-staying-curious/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 18:57:18 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/kylie-minogue-on-her-new-wine-brand-her-next-album-and-staying-curious/ On a recent Monday night at Cafe Carlyle, one of the Upper East Side’s most famous jazz spots, Kylie Minogue could be found leading a crowd that included Lucy Liu, Coco Rocha and a who’s-who of New York fashion designers in a simultaneous chant. “la la la” in the chorus of his iconic hit, “Can’t […]]]>

On a recent Monday night at Cafe Carlyle, one of the Upper East Side’s most famous jazz spots, Kylie Minogue could be found leading a crowd that included Lucy Liu, Coco Rocha and a who’s-who of New York fashion designers in a simultaneous chant. “la la la” in the chorus of his iconic hit, “Can’t Get You Out My Head”. She’s performed the song countless times on stages around the world since its release 21 years ago, but it turns out that was the first time she’d done it in the style of an arrangement of stripped down and jazzy piano bar. The room was so small that even when she wasn’t singing directly into the mic, you could still hear her voice carrying through the audience. “Normally I would probably have said, ‘Well, could we have an acoustic version of the band? ‘” she said later that week, sitting on a couch in a suite at the Carlyle Hotel. “They said, there really is no space.” Instead, she crafted completely new piano arrangements for five songs, just for the night. After three and a half decades in the business, if Kylie Minogue wants to do something, she’ll do it well, especially if it means trying new things.

The performance was the culmination of a lightning bolt across New York City promoting Minogue’s recent move into an entirely new industry: Kylie Minogue Wines. (She “promotes that bottle of wine harder than most big pop girls promote their albums,” joked a Tweet.) Since its international launch in 2020, the brand has become a runaway success. Over five million bottles of wine have been sold, its rosé range is said to have become one of the best-selling in the UK and it won a Golden Vine Award for Wine Entrepreneurialism in 2021. “My main concern was quality, said Minogue of her product. “There’s no point in wasting my time – and everyone’s time – if this was a product that we didn’t really believe in and didn’t think had a chance of longevity becoming a true Mark.”

Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Kylie Minogue Wines

Minogue’s quest for quality and novelty drove her desire to launch a wine. In 2017, Minogue was inspired to incorporate country influences into her signature dance-pop sound for her album. Golden; the Australian icon decided to write and record in—where else?—Nashville, Tennessee. “It was very hot. We dined outdoors drinking rosé,” she recalls. “One night I was looking at this glass and it was so pretty with the color flowing through it. I was in such a good space. I was at a happy time in my life and I felt really creative and inspired, and at that moment I said, “I would like to have my own rosé one day.” A few years later, she met Paul Schaafsma, the founder of Benchmark Drinks, and ended up putting the finishing touches on her line while in lockdown in 2020. Of course, Minogue was aware of some of the hurdles that come with a celebrity-produced supported.

“I thought they might say ‘Oh, here’s another celebrity wine,'” she said. “Within the wine community, there may have been some skepticism at first. Of course, but we followed through. Now, I feel like that’s been a big welcome for the wine industry.

“I really wanted to be authentic about the product and my position in the market,” she continued. “I know I’m a baby in this. I know we are just getting started and I know very, very little. It also turned out to be an incredible journey of discovery. You know, it’s not the worst day at work, learning about wine. For a curious person, it is very satisfying.

Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Kylie Minogue Wines

Minogue carries herself with warm confidence without a trace of diva ego and certainly remains curious. She recently started working on her 16th studio album and has dedicated the month of July to recording even more. “It’s that really exciting moment,” she added. “There are two or three songs that could [have] some small pieces of gold in it, but we don’t know.

After that, Minogue hopes to start playing more regularly again. During the filming of Leos Carax Sacred Engines ten years ago, she actually enjoyed the reprieve of being a pop star and left her music team behind to focus on film. “I have to do it on my own,” she recalls telling them. “‘I just have to be a working actor, show up, know my stuff, do my thing.’ I really wanted to go back to how I felt when I started, and not be that version of myself that grew over time.

Who can say where Kylie’s curiosities will take her next? Videos of her stripped-down performance at Café Carlyle had already made the rounds on the internet by the time we spoke. I told him that a friend had said she wanted one of the piano versions of the songs for her wedding, and that the arrangements might have a life beyond just a Monday night performance in New York. “There could be a little round trip with more than five songs,” she replied.

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Robbie Williams revisits hits for ‘XXV’ album; UK and Ireland Tour Dates https://optimistmag.org/robbie-williams-revisits-hits-for-xxv-album-uk-and-ireland-tour-dates/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 18:39:51 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/robbie-williams-revisits-hits-for-xxv-album-uk-and-ireland-tour-dates/ Robbie Williams Celebrates 25 Years As A Solo Actor With ‘XXV’, Shares New Orchestral Version Of ‘Angels’ world pop superstar Robbie Williams has big plans to celebrate 25 years as a solo artist, with a special collection titled XXV, slated for release on September 9. Featuring “all the hits, newly orchestrated,” the album was recently […]]]>

Robbie Williams Celebrates 25 Years As A Solo Actor With ‘XXV’, Shares New Orchestral Version Of ‘Angels’

world pop superstar Robbie Williams has big plans to celebrate 25 years as a solo artist, with a special collection titled XXV, slated for release on September 9.

Featuring “all the hits, newly orchestrated,” the album was recently announced and premiered with a new version of his hit single, 1997’s “Angels” (arguably Williams’ best-known song in the United States). -United) :

XXV features many of Williams’ greatest hits, the tracks that made him a household name in every country in the world. The material has been newly orchestrated by Jules Buckley, Guy Chambers and Steve Sidwell, and re-recorded with the renowned Metropole Orkest for this XXV collection.

XXV also includes “Lost”, a new original track to be released as the set’s single, while the Deluxe Edition includes three additional new songs.

“I’m so excited to announce my new album ‘XXV’ which celebrates many of my favorite songs from the past 25 years,” Williams said. “Each track has a special place in my heart, so it was a real pleasure to record them again with the Metropole Orkest. I can’t wait for you all to hear it.

1. Let me entertain you
2. Undo
3. I love my life
4. Millennium
5. The Road to Mandalay
6. Tripping
7. Body
8. Candy
9. Supreme
10. Strong
11. Eternity
12. No Regrets
13. It’s Her
14. Feel
15. Rock DJ
16. Children
17. Angels
18. Lost
19. Someone Someday

Deluxe Additional Tracks (ft. Three new additional original songs):

20. Lazy Days
21. Hot Fudge
22. Sexual
23. More Than That
24. Disco Symphony
25. A Better Man
26. Thoughts Home From Abroad
27. The World and Its Mother
28. In the Silence
29. Angels (Beethoven AI)

Robbie Williams also detailed a series of UK and Ireland tour dates for October:

October 9 – The O2, London
October 10 – The O2, London
October 15 – Resorts World, Birmingham
October 19 – AO Arena, Manchester
October 21 – AO Arena, Manchester
October 24 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
October 25 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
October 29 – 3Arena, Dublin

It remains to be seen whether Williams will re-engage with the Las Vegas residency he delivered in early 2019. Without much of a sizable US audience over the years compared to other countries around the world, he is largely stayed away from the country as far as live performances are concerned. However, those Vegas shows were a triumph, a perfect combination of ambiance and atmosphere to match Williams’ dynamic stage presence (and in a much more intimate venue than he’s used to performing, this which makes it a special treat for those present).

The first batch of Vegas shows went off to great fanfare and sold out crowds, with a second leg announced for early 2020…only for the COVID-19 pandemic to upend those plans. Since those shows were dropped, there has been no mention of makeup shows or another Vegas run, but hopefully that will happen in the future.

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Spirit Hustler Album Launch Party at Sweetwater Music Hall | 06/24/22 https://optimistmag.org/spirit-hustler-album-launch-party-at-sweetwater-music-hall-06-24-22/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 19:15:05 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/spirit-hustler-album-launch-party-at-sweetwater-music-hall-06-24-22/ Mind Scammer is modern classic Bay Area rock born from an acoustic heart and blanketed in cosmic electricity. His self-titled debut album (released online 5/22/22) puts a new spin on the traditional album with a distinct, closer opening on each side, but rather than an overworked “concept” album, it is of an album with concept […]]]>

Mind Scammer is modern classic Bay Area rock born from an acoustic heart and blanketed in cosmic electricity. His self-titled debut album (released online 5/22/22) puts a new spin on the traditional album with a distinct, closer opening on each side, but rather than an overworked “concept” album, it is of an album with concept creativity — a Theater of the Spirit in two acts. Imaginative songs are mini-movies inspired by real-life experiences and turned into animated audio art.

Spirit Hustler will perform June 24 at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California. Doors at 8 p.m. and show at 9 p.m. | GET TICKETS HERE

Other concerts include the High Sierra Music Festival, July 1-3 (Quincy, CA), Sunshine of Love Festival, August 20 (Santa Cruz, CA), and Burning Man, Labor Day weekend. (Black Rock City, NV)

Originating in the space-rock epic “The Spirit of ’69,” the listener embarks on a hero’s journey during “Circlin’ the Sun.” The hero encounters the enchanting “Angels of Summer,” strikes a “Devil Deal” with a succubus at Burning Man, and wanders the high desert via “Mine is a Gypsy Soul” before finally reckoning with “the spirit of the stupid”.

Wow, it’s a masterpiece! Perfect, honest, unaffected psychedelic folk-rock vocals and lyrics to match. A true modern San Francisco album.” Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes)

Listen to the album on your favorite streaming platform.

Songs:

1) The spirit of 69 – look amazing video!

2) Gratitude Raga

3) Go around the sun – Listen to the last single

4) Summer Angels

5) Devil Deal (with Jetta Cole)

6) Relentless Magic

7) Honeymoon (feat. James Nash)

8) WhiteOut (Jimmy Leslie acoustic solo)

9) Mine is a Gypsy Soul (with Jetta Cole and Jason Crosby)

10) Spirit of the Beast

Jimmy Leslie is the writer and sound film star of Spirit Hustler. A staple of the Bay Area music scene, Leslie’s eclectic resume is insightful. He is internationally respected as a fret editor at Guitar Player, and both of Spirit Hustler’s instrumentals feature his percussive “freehand” fingering style. He uses examples from Spirit Hustler for school readers on his highly original approach to writing and recording acoustic rock in the magazine’s June, July and August issues.

He’s interviewed everyone from Carlos Santana to Jack White, and coordinated GP Presents events ranging from Paco de Lucia to Buddy Guy. Jimmy shared the stages with Tab Benoit, Luther Dickinson, Sonny Landreth and Devon Allman. Leslie co-founded the Star City and Guitarfish music festivals and is the author of the eco-musical Guitarfish Adventures. The solo recordings of Leslie Surfin’ the Swamp and Dance Until Forever with players from Galactic and the Honey Island Swamp Band, respectively.

Cameos from the Spirit Hustler album include strings by Jason Crosby (Jackson Browne), mandolin by James Nash (The Waybacks), guitar by Eric McFadden (P-Funk), keyboards by Alex Jordan (Midnight North ), backing vocals and acoustic guitar courtesy of champion Christie Lenée. Tahoe diva Jetta Cole delivers Grammy-worthy vocals on “Gypsy Soul” and plays the demon to perfection on “Devil Deal.” The beating heart of the band is drummer Jeremy Hoenig (Melvin Seals & the JGB). Steven La Bella provides funky, melodic bass while slide guitar ace Jules Leyhe provides laser-sharp lead lines that complement Leslie’s open-chord acoustic in an uncharted yet hauntingly familiar way.

Spirit Hustler was recorded at Lucky Recording in Brisbane, California, where the Go Go’s recently recorded “Club Zero”. Producer Mikel Ross has worked extensively with Corrosion of Conformity. Travis Kasperbauer, disciple of Butch Vig, designed and mixed. Grammy winner Jake Eckert and Jeff Watkins mastered the album, and both are New Orleans suspects. Artwork courtesy of Alan Forbes (Black Crowes). Considering all the talent, Leslie has adopted the moniker Spirit Hustler, emerging from the pandemic era like a butterfly from a cocoon.

Leyhe cuts the best blues shots since Derek Trucks, maybe even Duane Allman.” —First guitar

Oh yeah, I dig that. Tasty AF I really like it.” —Devon Allman

Totally dig it! Epic and trippy with tons of cool sounds that make the stories speak. I love the slide work, very lyrical. “Angels of Summertime” kept playing in my head for days. I also liked the power of the sections.” —Sonny Landreth (John Hiatt, Dr. John, Eric Clapton)

Celebrating the release of Sweetwater Music Hall on June 24 with Pamela Parker and James Nash

Spirit Hustler represents a modern take on classic Bay Area rock, and Jimmy Leslie embodies the imaginative essence of artists like Michael Hedges, Santana and the Grateful Dead. Bob Weir owns Sweetwater Music Hall, where Leslie has a story. He was on stage with Shana Morrison (Van’s daughter) on the very last night at Sweetwater’s original location. It made its full Spirit Hustler show debut at the new location almost exactly a decade later, and the band are back to celebrate the release of the debut album, now available on all digital platforms as well as CD and heavyweight vinyl. .

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Carl Cox’s Upcoming Album: What We Know So Far https://optimistmag.org/carl-coxs-upcoming-album-what-we-know-so-far/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 19:03:17 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/carl-coxs-upcoming-album-what-we-know-so-far/ Contents We know the album artwork We know another single on Electronic Generations ELECTRONIC GENERATIONS Tracklist We know the release date of Carl Cox’s new album Here are the inspirations behind Carl Cox’s new album We knew electronic icon Carl Cox was up to something when he dropped his collaboration with Fatboy Slim two months […]]]>

We knew electronic icon Carl Cox was up to something when he dropped his collaboration with Fatboy Slim two months ago. The high-energy single dropped just in time for festival season, but there was clearly more going on behind the scenes for Carl Cox.

And now we know a little more, as Carl Cox reveals some more details about his upcoming album, the first he’s released since. All roads lead to the dancefloor in 2011.

Stream his collab with Fatboy Slim below.

Now, in a final press release, Carl Cox has dropped a ton of information about what’s on his next album and what it’s going to sound like.

So let’s dive deep into everything we know about Carl Cox Electronic generations that you can pre-register here.

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Eleri Ward to release new single “Another Hundred People” from her upcoming album https://optimistmag.org/eleri-ward-to-release-new-single-another-hundred-people-from-her-upcoming-album/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 18:21:59 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/eleri-ward-to-release-new-single-another-hundred-people-from-her-upcoming-album/ GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced that “Another Hundred People” – the first single from Neighborhood EleriWard’s next album will be released for streaming and digital format on Friday, June 17. The new album, due out later this summer, follows Ward’s folk acoustic viral hit Stephen Sondheim album A Perfect Little Death, which will be released on […]]]>

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced that “Another Hundred People” – the first single from Neighborhood EleriWard’s next album will be released for streaming and digital format on Friday, June 17. The new album, due out later this summer, follows Ward’s folk acoustic viral hit Stephen Sondheim album A Perfect Little Death, which will be released on vinyl on Friday, June 24. Ward will celebrate vinyl publishing with a special concert at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street) on Thursday, June 9 at 9:30 p.m. This encore performance was added after her June 7 show sold out immediately. Stream, download or pre-order the vinyl edition of A Perfect Little Death HERE. Pre-record new single “Another Hundred People” HERE.

Additionally, Ward will serve as the opening act for Josh GrobanThis summer’s Harmony National Tour, which opens in Clarkston, MI on June 17 and concludes in Los Angeles, CA on August 2. Details are on EleriWard.com.

The single “Another Hundred People” – from the Broadway Music Company – is produced by Allen Tate and Neighborhood Eleriand organized by Neighborhood Eleri with a string arrangement by Ellis Ludwig-Leone.

A Perfect Little Death is a vast folk reimagining of the one of a kind Stephen Sondheim canon, rendered with ethereal and melancholy guitar arrangements. After gaining a viral following on TikTok, Eleri’s project was released to great acclaim and impressive streaming numbers. A Perfect Little Death has been called “a seamless marriage of musical theater and indie folk music, with hauntingly beautiful arrangements” by Forbes and “an incandescent new record, something truly new” by American Theater Magazine. John Platt from WFUV Radio hailed the album as a “breathtaking and life-affirming gift”. It features 13 songs ranging from “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” to “Loving You” to “Take Me to the World”, taking you on an acoustic journey through Sondheim that evokes the golden hour. Blossoming from a spontaneous Instagram cover of “Every Day a Little Death” in 2019, Eleri has now crafted this project to be her own niche at the crossroads of musical theater and indie folk music, embodied by swirling harmonies and her original point of view. All songs on the album are produced by Neighborhood Eleri.

Eleri recorded all the songs in her apartment closet during the lockdown, following numerous album release requests after posting a video for “Johanna (Reprise)” on TikTok. With over 42,000 views, she was immediately inspired to develop and share this project further, and the album was completed within a month. Each arrangement is singular, thoughtful and weaves in and out of dark and light.

Kurt Deutschthe founder of the label, says: “Neighborhood EleriA Perfect Little Death is simple, haunting and beautiful. I was deeply moved by the sheer creativity of this project and how it blends Sondheim with a singer/songwriter aesthetic in a totally modern way. The album is one of the discoveries of the year and Ghostlight Records is thrilled to release such a distinctive recording.”

Neighborhood Eleri is a New York-based actor, singer, and musician. Her most recent EP, Friction, was released in 2021. She has been singing and performing since the age of eight and has always strived to create her own space with the uniqueness she brings to theatre. Eleri studied songwriting at Berklee College of Music before transferring to and graduating from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theater and majoring in Songwriting, which is evident in how she embraced the Sondheim cannon. www.eleriward.com @eleriward

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has become the leading independent force in original Broadway Cast Recordings – building a library of over 200 records over the past 20 years, including some of Broadway’s most successful musicals and solo albums from Broadway’s brightest stars . Founded by the Grammy Award winner Kurt DeutschGhostlight has won Grammys for The Band’s Visit, The Book of Mormon, In the Heights, and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Ghostlight has also released solo albums by Patti LuPoneKelli O’Hara, Sutton Foster, Billy Porter, and more. The label continues to support the next generation of musical theater composers and has developed many relationships with Jason Robert Brown, Michael John La Chiusaand David Yazbekas good as Lin-Manuel MirandaPasek and Paul, Tom Kitt, Joe Iconisand Shaina Taub. Ghostlight Records is part of the Arts Music Division of Warner Music Group.

“A PERFECT LITTLE DEATH” TRACK LIST

1. Johanna (Reprise)

2. Every day a little death

3. Pretty Women

4. Children will listen

5. Loving you

6. Finishing the hat

7. Send in the clowns

8. Losing Your Mind

9. In Buddy’s Eyes

10. Take Me Out To The World

11. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd

12. Being Alive

13. Sunday

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TORRES and Julien Baker would have recorded a country album https://optimistmag.org/torres-and-julien-baker-would-have-recorded-a-country-album/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:50:00 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/torres-and-julien-baker-would-have-recorded-a-country-album/ Sad gay yeehaw season is coming. According to u/AndrewIsMyName on the Julien Baker subredditindie guitar hero TORRES has confirmed that they have recorded a country album with folk crooner Julien Baker. The message reads as follows: Last night I saw Mackenzie Scott aka Torres in concert in Chicago and I met her after the show. […]]]>

Sad gay yeehaw season is coming. According to u/AndrewIsMyName on the Julien Baker subredditindie guitar hero TORRES has confirmed that they have recorded a country album with folk crooner Julien Baker.

The message reads as follows:

Last night I saw Mackenzie Scott aka Torres in concert in Chicago and I met her after the show. I told him how I had discovered his music thanks to Julien and how I was a big fan of Julien. Then she told me a secret (which she said I could share publicly!) that I hadn’t expected: Julien and Torres recorded a country album together this year in Marfa, Texas and it’s coming out there. ‘next year ! Everyone get excited! This is going to be VERY good!

The collaboration is not that hard to believe. TORRES, who grew up in Georgia, and Baker, who grew up in Tennessee, are both heavily influenced by country music. The two are also close friends. Julien praised TORRES’ 2021 album more thirsty on Twitter saying, “Do you even understand how good this record is?” TORRES lent a hand to discuss Baker’s Small omissions with the songwriter herself NPR as well.


Dough has contacted the TORRES team for comment. Below, revisit their two Dough Studio Sessions and keep an eye out for news of this exciting collaboration.



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