STEVEN WILSON UNVEILS EPIC ONE-OF-A-KIND
SPECIAL EDITION OF EAGERLY AWAITED NEW ALBUM
GROUNDBREAKING ARTIST/PRODUCER HERALDS THE FUTURE BITES
WITH BESPOKE BOX SET LIMITED TO 1 OF 1
ULTRA DELUXE MUSIC PRODUCT ON OBSOLETE MEDIA
RETAILS FOR £10,000 WITH ALL PROCEEDS DIRECTLY BENEFITTING
THE UK’S MUSIC VENUE TRUST
SOARING NEW TRACK, “12 THINGS I FORGOT,” PREMIERES TODAY
THE FUTURE BITES ARRIVES
JANUARY 29, 2021 VIA TFB.COM/ARTS & CRAFTS
Photo credit: Miles Skarin
Groundbreaking musician/songwriter/producer Steven Wilson has announced a truly unique special edition of his eagerly awaited sixth album, THE FUTURE BITES. Limited to 1 of 1, ULTRA DELUXE MUSIC PRODUCT ON OBSOLETE MEDIA will retail for £10,000, with all proceeds directly benefitting the Music Venue Trust to help save grassroots music venues in the UK adversely affected by COVID-19. Simultaneously the apotheosis of modern consumerism and the ultimate Steven Wilson collectible, the bespoke package will collect the previously announced THE FUTURE BITES LIMITED EDITION DELUXE BOX SET alongside previously unheard music (including a one-sided 7-inch single with the exclusive track, “The Tastemaker,” limited to an edition of one and never to be released anywhere else), conceptual artwork, handwritten lyrics, and such rare items of personal ephemera from Wilson’s personal archive as six laminated AAA passes for various tours between 2011-18 and his GRAMMY® Award nomination certificate and medal honoring 2011’s GRACE BEFORE DROWNING for “Best Surround Sound Mix.” ULTRA DELUXE MUSIC PRODUCT ON OBSOLETE MEDIA will be available for a very limited time on Friday, November 27. THE FUTURE BITES arrives via TFB.com/Arts & Crafts on January 29, 2021. WATCH THE ULTRA DELUXE MUSIC PRODUCT ON OBSOLETE MEDIA BOXSET TRAILER
“This edition of THE FUTURE BITES takes the whole notion of deluxe limited editions to its logical and fairly extreme conclusion as the ultimate limited edition will obviously end up being just one copy,” Wilson says. “In many ways, this edition is more analogous with the world of art than with those of music or luxury branding. Only one person can own an actual painting with the artist’s brush strokes on it. There is no variance, only the one original.
“With regards to the contents of the 1 of 1 edition, it’s the purchaser’s choice as to whether they decide to share what they’ve bought or keep it to themselves. Do they want to exhibit ‘the painting’, or put it on display at home? If it was me, I’d probably keep it private but I’ll leave it entirely up to them as what they do with the contents of their purchase.”
THE FUTURE BITES is further heralded by today’s premiere of the soaring new track, “12 Things I Forgot.” An official visualizer is streaming now at YouTube. Furthermore, “12 Things I Forgot” will be available on limited edition vinyl on Friday, November 27.
LISTEN TO "12 THINGS I FORGOT"
“12 Things I Forgot” marks the latest track premiere from THE FUTURE BITES, following the previous release of “King Ghost,” “Eminent Sleaze,” and “Personal Shopper,” the latter of which will be joined by an equally ambitious official video premiering this Friday, November 27. Both “King Ghost” and “Eminent Sleaze” are already accompanied by official videos, streaming now at Wilson’s official YouTube channel; a striking trailer previewing the album’s provocative themes of high-concept consumerism and post-internet evolution is also streaming now via YouTube.
WATCH THE FUTURE BITES TRAILER
THE FUTURE BITES will be available on all digital platforms, along with vinyl, CD, and a limited edition deluxe box set that contains CDs of the album, an instrumental version of the album, bonus material (including six additional songs and several reworked versions of album tracks, among them a 19-minute extended mix of “Personal Shopper”), a cassette of demos, and a Blu-ray featuring videos and Wilson’s own 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos versions of the album (marking THE FUTURE BITES as the first contemporary album to be mixed and released in Dolby Atmos). Pre-orders are available now.
Co-produced in London by Wilson with David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything), THE FUTURE BITES sees Wilson exploring contemporary addiction and the lasting effect of ever-increasing technology on our daily lives. The album marks his most inventive and far-reaching musical construction to date, spanning soaring acoustics, lush electronica, relentless bass-driven grooves, murky funk, and so much more, all linked through powerfully focused songcraft and this one-of-a-kind artist’s always unique creative vision.
Hailed by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke for his “fighting spirit and truly progressive ideals in rock composition, group improvisation and emotionally authentic storytelling,” Wilson recently launched an official THE FUTURE BITES webstore, featuring a fully imagined consumer universe. The website will crack a door open onto a wonderful world of purchase power, a place where everything is marketable and nothing is too random or too moronic to be considered valuable. Inspired by notable 21st century artifacts like the Virgil Abloh ceramic block or Vitality Air’s canned Canadian oxygen, THE FUTURE BITES website is a fully imagined consumer universe (built in collaboration with Baby and Crystal Spotlight) designed to be accessible and addictive to anyone from the casual fan to the hardcore collector. The site will feature regular drops of limited edition merchandise over the coming months, showcasing anything from a slogan shirt to a branded hole punch. VISIT THE FUTURE BITES WEBSITE
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The National To Reissue Remastered Early Catalogue:
The National | Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers | Cherry Tree EP
Out February 26th 2021 Via 4AD
Twenty years on from the release of their self-titled debut album, The National are reissuing it along with 2003’s follow-up Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers and 2004’s Cherry Tree EP for release on February 26th, 2021 via 4AD. With all three records having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the 2021 represses stay faithful to their original artwork while their stunning new masters help make these much-loved records sound as vital as ever, further emphasising the early signs of the sound that would go on to make them one of the finest and most beloved alternative bands of their generation. Cherry Tree members can pre-order exclusive, limited split color versions here: https://cherrytreeshop.americanmary.com/. Pre-order on black vinyl and CD here: https://4ad.ffm.to/thenationalreissues. Visit americanmary.com for more information.
Originally Released July 2, 2001
Originally Released July 19 2004 Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, The National’s self-titled debut album of sozzled Americana is a thing of beauty, laden with heavy hints that this was a special band in the making. Their first release, The National arrived two years after The National formed, a time when they were juggling bandlife with needing to hold down full-time jobs. And while nods to the alt.rock artists that inspired them (Pavement, Silver Jews) can be heard, so too are the beginnings of something all their own – Matt Berninger’s stunning and unexpected lyrics being pinned to melodies that stop you in your tracks.
The National marks the start point for one of the best bands of their generation with its new master helping elevate it to new levels. A great primer to a great band.
CD / LP (Black Vinyl) / Digital
4AD0312CD / 4AD0312LP / 4AD0312
1. / A1. Beautiful Head
2. / A2. Cold Girl Fever
3. / A3. The Perfect Song
4. / A4. American Mary
5. / A5. Son
6. / A6. Pay For Me
7. / B1. Bitters & Absolut
8. / B2. John’s Star
9. / B3. Watching You Well
10. / B4. Theory Of The Crows
11. / B5. 29 Years
12. / B6. Anna Freud
Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers
Originally Released September 1, 2003
The National’s second album, Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers (2003) proved a leap forward from 2001’s eponymous debut, showing a band adept at delivering warm embraces and gut punches in equal measure. With word of mouth now spreading on the band, critics proved equally enthusiastic. Pitchfork in their glowing review called it a “Gorgeous train wreck” that “Lives up to its blunt title (with) Matt Berninger’s self-effacing barbs matched by the band’s equally potent hooks,” while Uncut also became early champions saying the album was “A genuine treasure... Livid as a bruise, this is brave, desperate, beautiful music.” No longer a secret among those that know, Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers is an important record in The National’s discography with this new remaster showing that it’s more than standing the test of time.
CD / LP (Black Vinyl) / Digital
4AD0313CD / 4AD0313LP / 4AD0313
1. / A1. Cardinal Song
2. / A2. Slipping Husband
3. / A3. 90-Mile Water Wall
4. / A4. It Never Happened
5. / A5. Murder Me Rachael
6. / B1. Thirsty
7. / B2. Available
8. / B3. Sugar Wife
9. / B4. Trophy Wife
10. / B5. Fashion Coat
11. / B6. Patterns Of Fairytales
12. / B7. Lucky You
Cherry Tree EP
Originally Released July 19, 2004
Released a year before The National broke through with their third album Alligator, 2004’s Cherry Tree EP is a thrilling record which - thanks to its collection of delicate ballads and anthemic crowd-pleasers - sums up what they do best in under 30 minutes. Now a firm fan-favourite, among Cherry Tree’s seven tracks are now National classics “About Today” and “All The Wine”, plus a thrilling live version of “Murder Me Rachael” that reminds of the band’s fearsome early live performances. Cherry Tree can be seen as the record that marks the moment when The National had truly found themselves, a bridge from what went before to a band ready to conquer the World. And with this new master, it’s never sounded better too.
CD / 12” (Black Vinyl) / Digital
4AD0314CD / 4AD0314T / 4AD0314
1. / A1. Wasp Nest
2. / A2. All The Wine
3. / A3. All Dolled-Up In Straps
4. / A4. Cherry Tree
5. / B1. About Today
6. / B2. Murder Me Rachael (Live)
7. / B3. Reasonable Man (I Don’t Mind)
My Shania Twain Songbook Jazz Album
Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of The Woman In Me
Staci Griesbach Celebrates Country Music Icon Shania Twain
with New Jazz Tribute Coming December 18th, 2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 23, 2020) – Known the world over for crossing genres between country music and pop, Shania Twain’s catalog is now being introduced to a jazz audience as Los Angeles-based singer Staci Griesbach interprets songs from Twain’s breakout album The Woman In Me. Celebrating the album’s 25th anniversary, Griesbach’s My Shania Twain Songbook album reimagines a selection of songs from Twain’s iconic album including the #1 hit and fan-favorite "Any Man of Mine."
“When Shania released The Woman in Me in 1995, I was a junior in high school in rural Wisconsin, and that album very much represented a coming of age for me. Shania demonstrated confidence in being a woman and really owning who she was as an artist,” Griesbach said. “Most importantly, she didn't shy away from her desire of pursuing her dream, and that was inspiring to me then and perhaps even moreso now.”
My Shania Twain Songbook features collaborations with top jazz composers and arrangers as well as top musicians including Tamir Hendelman (Barbra Streisand, Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra), Michael O. Mitchell (Leslie Odom Jr.), Grammy winner Otmaro Ruiz (Diane Reeves), Rahsaan Barber (Kelly Clarkson) and Stuart Duncan (Diana Krall, Goat Rodeo).
“It was refreshing to collaborate with Staci and reimagine Shania Twain’s repertoire. Staci taps into Shania’s heartfelt songwriting and carefree spirit, trusting her instincts in performances that invite the listener to hear Shania Twain’s music in a new light,” said Tamir Hendelman (Barbra Streisand, Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra), who arranged four of the songs on the album.
This marks the second album for Griesbach after her 2019 release of My Patsy Cline Songbook. Garnering attention from both the country music and jazz audiences, Griesbach hopes to reinforce potential in the intersection of the two genres.
“Shania crossed genres arguably better than any other female in country music at that time, and it's part of my exploration to bring her music into the jazz world,” Griesbach added. “For me, looking at this music twenty-five years later is like going home and reconnecting to a little part of myself all over again.”
My Shania Twain Songbook Track Listing:
1. No One Needs To Know
2. The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)
3. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under
4. Leavin’ Is The Only Way Out
5. Is There Life After Love
6. God Bless The Child
7. Any Man of Mine
My Shania Twain Songbook features the following:
-Tamir Hendelman on piano and arranging (Barbra Streisand, Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra
-Chuck Berghoffer on upright bass (Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Mel Torme)
-Jake Reed on drums (Seth MacFarlane, Bill Cunliffe, Johnny Mandel)
-Otmaro Ruiz on piano and arranging (Dianne Reeves, Dori Caymmi, Arturo Sandoval)
-Michael O. Mitchell on piano and arranging (Leslie Odom Jr., Musical Director for “Amateur Night at the Apollo,” Tony Bennett, Motown the Musical (assoc. conductor)
-Rahsaan Barber on tenor saxophone and arranging (Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle)
-Willie Murrillo on trumpet and horn arranging (Michael Buble, Steve Wonder, Josh Groban)
-Andrew Synowiec on guitar (Michael Buble, Bette Midler, Brett Eldridge)
-Stuart Duncan on fiddle (“The Goat Rodeo Sessions” with Yo Yo Ma, Chris Thile, and Edgar Meyer, as well as Alan Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, Bela Fleck)
-Kevin Axt on bass (Natalie Cole, Shelby Lynn)
-Kirsten Edkins on clarinet (John Beasley’s Monkestra, Johnny Mandel, Seth MacFarlane)
-Erik Hughes on trombone (Michael Buble, Bob Mintzer)
-Justin Claveria on baritone, tenor saxophone (Kenny Loggins, David Foster)
My Shania Twain Songbook is produced by Staci Griesbach. Recorded and engineered by Talley Sherwood (Tritone Recording) in Los Angeles, additional engineering and vocals recorded by Harriet Tam. Mixed by Steve Genewick. Mixed at the Stewart House. Mastered by Eric Boulanger at The Bakery in Los Angeles, CA.
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