New Release, Video & Tour: Carson McHone – Still Life

Carson McHone has shared details about her third album. “Still Life”, out February 25, quivers like a tightrope, with songs about existing within tension and surviving beyond the breaking point. These are stories of sabotage, confusion, and surrender.

Carson McHone has also shared “Still Life,” the album’s title track and a song that plays out an anguished spiraling, complete with an outro overloaded with fuzz guitar and violent, incessant piano. She directed the accompanying music video, which can be seen below…

Carson McHone had this to say about her “Still Life” video: “We drop in on a body in motion, in and out of the light. When language fails, and there is only the feeling, the body has to keep moving.”

The songs of Still Life were written in quiet moments between tours and recorded away from Texas in Ontario with Canadian musician and producer Daniel Romano. McHone says of the session, “Daniel is a perceptive player, and his response was intuitive and organic. Shadows sharpened and came to life as full vignettes that felt familiar in a magical way, a product of keeping things emotionally open. I think we picked up on things that were unwritten.” Together in a home studio they cut almost the entire record themselves, calling on two friends, the versatile Mark Lalama on accordion, piano, and organ, and David Nardi with some savvy saxophone, to round it out. The phrasing and tones recall John Cale, The Kinks, Richard and Linda Thompson—like-minded artists of the late ’60s and early ’70s, another era of transition and innovation.

Following the release of Still Life, McHone and Romano have announced a massive tour that sees both artists sharing and joining each other’s backing band, with dates in North America and Europe.

Jun 24 – Mannheim, DE – Brandherd*
Jun 25 – Luzern, ZH – Suedpol Lucerne*
Jun 27 – Berlin, DE – Privatclub*
Jun 29 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje*
Jun 30 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg*
Jul 01 – Groningen, NL – Vera*
Jul 02 – Haarlem, NL – Patronaat*
Jul 03 – Den Haag, NL – PAARD*
Jul 06 – Östersund, SE – Storsjöteatern*
Jul 09 – Göteborg, SE – Pustervik*
Jul 10 – Degerhamn, SE – Carlas Café*
Jul 12 – Stockholm, SE – Galejan, Skansen*
Jul 13 – Umeå, SE – Droskan*
Jul 14 – Karlstad, SE – Karlstad Museum Pool*
Jul 15 – Kristiansand, NO – Ravnedalen Live*
Jul 16 – Oslo, NO – John Dee Live Club*
Jul 17 – Löderup, SE – Solhällan Löderup*
Jul 26 – Krefeld, DE – Kulturrampe*
Jul 28 – London, UK – The Lexing

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