Imelda May today reveals her new album, entitled ‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’ will be released on 7th April.
This will be her fifth studio record and it seems one of Ireland’s biggest exports has found a new groove, here presenting the most personal and intimately autobiographical album she has ever written.
‘Life. Love. Flesh. Blood’ is produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, who said of Imelda:
“When I first happened onto her music, she was a punky Irish Rockabilly singer with a great band.
“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.”
Recorded over seven days in Los Angeles, the album features musical contributions from guitar hero Jeff Beck (on ‘Black Tears’), piano legend Jools Holland (on ‘When It’s My Time’) and 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).
Imelda May’s new sound features blues, rock, soul, gospel and jazz with the singer herself describing the record as her most “honest” yet.
Imelda’s life changed considerably in the run up to recording, and this is documented in the only way she knew how. “It’s therapy, like keeping a diary that a lot of people read,” Imelda explains.
Single ‘Black Tears’, premiering today, is one such example where Imelda showcases her raw yet restrained breath-taking lead vocal, complimented by rich backing vocals and a super tight rhythm section.
Written with Angelo Petragalia (Kinds of Leon), the inspiration for the song’s visual and poignant lyrics were inspired by a very personal moment for Imelda:
“I wrote Black Tears with Angelo Petraglia after a heart wrenchingly difficult goodbye.
“I closed my door and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror with black tears rolling down my face.
“It’s a sight and situation most women have unfortunately seen ourselves in at some point in life.
“Angelo had a beautiful guitar piece that fit the mood perfectly.”
Imelda saw 2017 in with this very track, as she impressed viewers of Jools Holland’s esteemed annual Hootenanny on New Year’s Eve with a captivating live performance, which landed hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube in just days of its upload.
You can check out the album trailer by clicking on this link
Imelda has also just announced her extensive 2017 UK & Ireland Headline Tour in May, including a night at The London Palladium, and three nights at Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre.