Continuing her prolific musical career, Marianne Faithfull is releasing her 20th album titled Give My Love to London. With Faithfull as the backbone of the project, numerous talents contributed including Nick Cave, Brian Eno, Leonard Cohen, Roger Waters, Anna Calvi, Steve Earle, Adrian Utley (Portishead) and more. Pitchfork featured the album and raved that this is “her best and most daring album of this century, featuring some of her heaviest and most haunting performances.”
The single from the album, “Late Victorian Holocaust,” is cold and heavy, but not without soul; her voice retells of a sad dystopia and the lifestyle it produces. With songwriting help from Nick Cave, Faithfull musically recounts with passion. The track “Falling Back” delivers with dramatic crescendos and lively instrumentals to support the determined vocals. With a Bowie-esque flare, the descending scales express the nostalgia of looking for a past lover.
Even after a fifty-year career, Faithfull remains a unique and compelling musical figure: adventurous in her life, adventurous in her art.
NPR Music is currently streaming the album in full over at First Listen – preview it here.
“In many classic stories, there comes a point where someone speaks from the corner and changes everything. A stranger reveals the secret that solves a mystery; a minor character finally unburdens herself, and her words reconfigure the plot. Marianne Faithfull‘s music comes from that place of shadow and revelation.”
– NPR Music
RIYL: Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, PJ Harvey, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash
Recommended tracks: Track #7 “Falling Back”, track #1 “Give My Love to London”, track #5 “Late Victorian Holocaust”, track #9 “Mother Wolf”, track #4 “Love More Or Less”, track #2 “Sparrows Will Sing”
Going for Adds 11/10 & 11/11
Label: Easy Sound Recording Company