Critically acclaimed Irish singer Imelda May is celebrating her upcoming fifth full-length record, Life, Love, Flesh, Blood, with the premiere of the video for the track “Black Tears” at The Four Oh Five; watch/share the video HERE. The site calls the live performance “poignant [and] atmospheric.”
The album, May’s first new music in three years, is due April 7 via Verve Records. The record is receiving early rave reviews in the U.K. from the Evening Standard, The Mirror, the Daily Telegraph and more. Of the new video, May explains, “I’ve recorded in Maida Vale a few times and always loved the atmosphere, the history in the walls and the almost industrial look of it…I asked for simple lighting, good sound and not much else. I was a little nervous with the thoughts of it but as soon as [we] started I was immersed in the music and reliving every moment that I wrote about.”
May is set to perform industry showcases at New York’s Cutting Room on March 7 and Los Angeles’ Teragram Ballroom and Thom Thom Club on March 9.
Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, the new album marks a new direction for May who recently ended her marriage of eighteen years, making Life, Love, Flesh, Blood her most autobiographical record to date. The 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 (Elton John & Leon Russell, Ray Lamontagne) and bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets, Mini Mansions), the same band that recorded Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand.