Jenny Lewis to Release New Album This Summer
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:05:28
Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley returns with The Voyager, which will be released by Warner Bros. Records on July 29.
This is the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman's third solo album and first in six years, following 2006's Rabbit Fur Coat (with The Watson Twins) and 2008's Acid Tongue.
It was a redemptive and cathartic experience for her, since she was going through some serious sleep deprivation as an insomniac.
"Making The Voyager got me through one of the most difficult periods of my life," she says. "After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn't sleep for five straight nights. Many of the songs on The Voyager came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn't shut down."
OMG! We love that she was able to channel her personal discord into the album, making it that much more immediate and forging a further bond with her listeners. It sucks that she suffered through that, but it funneled itself into her art, which is, of course, the eternal plight of the artist.
Here is how things shook out: After several years of writing new material, Lewis took 2013 off to tour with The Postal Service. Sharing the spotlight was a freeing experience, providing the realization that she needed to give up control in order to move forward.
While on the road, she reached out to neo-country crooner Ryan Adams to record at his newly-built studio, Pax Am, at Sunset Sound. Her first day back from tour, she went into the studio with Adams and his partner Mike Viola, and found the creative collaboration she was missing.
"Ryan and I didn't know each other very well before this album -- we had hardly even listened to one another's music, to be honest. But I trusted the vision, and Ryan ended up being the person to get me over the fear of finishing something I'd been working on for so long. This record was the hardest one I ever made," she says. "The Voyager tells that story: the longest night of my life and the journey to finally getting some rest."
Rest well, young lady! And we love how things come together naturally, like they did between Lewis and Adams.
The Voyager Track Listing:
She's Not Me
Just One of the Guys
You Can't Outrun 'Em
The New You
Aloha & The Three Johns
Love U Forever
Jenny Lewis Tour Dates:
June 4 - Portland, ME - State Theatre w/ Kurt Vile
June 6 - New York, NY - Governor's Ball (Randall's Island)
June 7 - Washington DC - 930 Club SOLD OUT
July 6 - Toronto, ON - Urban Roots Festival
July 8 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
July 10 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 11 - Orlando, FL - Bob Carr Performing Arts Center w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 12 - Miami, FL - The Fillmore w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 15 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 16 - Charleston, NC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 18 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 19 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 20 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
July 22 - Interlochen, MI - Kresge Auditorium w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 23 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 25 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
July 26 - Camden, NJ - XpoNential Music Festival w/Ryan Adams
July 27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
July 31 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Old National Centre
August 2 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza SOLD OUT
August 3 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
August 9 - Los Angeles, cA - The Wiltern
August 10 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival SOLD OUT
October 3-5 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
October 10-12 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
For more tour info, visit jennylewis.com.
Will you be The Voyager with Jenny Lewis?