Friday, April 16, 2010
NY Times Examines Natalie Merchant's "Leave Your Sleep"; Boston Herald Gives an A to This "Contender for 2010’s Best Album"
Natalie Merchant and her recently released Nonesuch debut, Leave Your Sleep, were the subject of a feature article in the Sunday New York Times. Merchant spoke with Times writer Jon Pareles about the project and all that went into making it. The Boston Herald gives the album an A, calling it "a contender for 2010’s best album." The Financial Times gives it five stars. The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and the Brisbane Times all give four stars to this "staggeringly elaborate project."
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Natalie Merchant is in New York City this week to celebrate the release of Leave Your Sleep with a flurry of activity, including a performance on WNYC's Soundcheck today. The Montreal Gazette gives the album a perfect five stars, dubbing it an "instant classic." Blogcritics says: "It's like these melodies and poems had been waiting around all of these years for Natalie Merchant to notice them." fRoots exclaims: "She has triumphed ... Leave Your Sleep is one of those albums that sounds like it just belongs; timeless and classic."
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Merchant Marks Release of "Leave Your Sleep" on NPR's "Morning Edition," ABC's "GMA"; BBC Cites Its "Sheer Ravishing Beauty"
Natalie Merchant's Leave Your Sleep is out now. It was featured on NPR's Morning Edition, and Merchant performed songs from it on ABC's Good Morning America. The BBC says that the album's many musical styles are unified by the "sheer ravishing beauty of the arrangements, combined with the tasteful, organic aesthetic." The Irish Times gives it a perfect five stars, saying Merchant "has delivered something special."
Monday, April 12, 2010
Leave Your Sleep, Natalie Merchant's first studio recording in seven years, is out this week. Merchant kicks off a US tour with two shows in New York City and an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America. Her performance at the TED Conference is now online. The Sun gives five stars to the "breathtaking" new album. The Daily Telegraph gives four stars to the "gentle, lush, and magnificent" work. The Daily Express gives it four stars too, calling it "a real achievement." The Star-Ledger cites "the warm glow in her voice and the casual virtuosity of the wide-ranging music." Paste calls it "effortlessly elegant."
Monday, March 29, 2010
Natalie Merchant to Perform on "Good Morning America," "Tonight Show," Across US Following Release of "Leave Your Sleep"
The release of Natalie Merchant’s Leave Your Sleep is just over two weeks away. The Sunday Times (UK) calls it "the biggest, most musically ambitious" project of her career. Merchant will start release day, April 13, with a performance on Good Morning America. The following week, on April 21, she'll play The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In between those appearances and in the weeks that follow, Merchant will give several intimate performances, including newly added dates in New York, Los Angeles, Boulder, Boston, and DC.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Leave Your Sleep, Natalie Merchant's first new album in seven years and her Nonesuch debut, is out now. For the album, Merchant adapts the works of poets into a musically kaleidoscopic, two-disc set of new songs. It was featured on the BBC World Service program The Strand. Now, Merchant offers further insight into the project in a new 10-minute documentary, The Making of "Leave Your Sleep," available at nonesuch.com/media, where you'll also find a video retrospective celebrating Merchant's career.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Natalie Merchant, whose Nonesuch debut album, Leave Your Sleep, is due out on April 13, will perform songs from the album at the PEN World Voices Festival's PEN Cabaret at New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge on May 1. This year's PEN Cabaret will also include appearances by Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, Chilean story master Ariel Dorfman, and Georgian writer and performance artist Irakli Kakabadze. The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature takes place April 26 through May 2.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Natalie Merchant Makes Additional "Leave Your Sleep" Prints Available, Adds New Dates to European Tour in May
To coincide with the Nonesuch release of Natalie Merchant’s new album, Leave Your Sleep, on April 13, Merchant has announced a European tour in May—her first in eight years—including seven previously announced dates in the UK and now an additional seven dates in Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, and Paris. The limited-edition, signed print of Merchant available exclusively with Nonesuch Store orders has now been extended to an additional 500 prints. [Update: These, too, are now sold out.]
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Natalie Merchant's "Leave Your Sleep" Available for Pre-Order with Limited-Edition, Signed Print at Nonesuch.com
Leave Your Sleep, Natalie Merchant's first studio album since 2003, is due out April 13 on Nonesuch Records and is now available for pre-order. This release is the culmination of six years of research and collaboration and is, in her words, “The most elaborate project I have ever completed or even imagined.” In a Nonesuch Store exclusive, the first 500 orders are available with a limited-edition, signed print of Merchant. [Update: These prints are no longer available.]
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Natalie Merchant to Tour Europe in May Following Release of Nonesuch Debut, "Leave Your Sleep," April 12
Nonesuch Records will release Natalie Merchant’s new album, Leave Your Sleep, on April 12 (April 13 in the US). The album is the culmination of six years of research and collaboration and is, in Merchant’s words, “The most elaborate project I have ever completed or even imagined.” It is her first studio album since 2003 and her first for Nonesuch. To coincide with the release, she has announced a European tour in May–her first in eight years–including seven dates in the UK.