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    Olivia Chaney's New Album, "Shelter," Out Now on Nonesuch

    London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney's new album, Shelter, is out now on Nonesuch Records. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett and features eight original songs, along with Chaney's interpretations of Purcell's "O Solitude" and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter's "Long Time Gone," first recorded by the Everly Brothers. To pick up a copy of Shelter, head to your local record store, iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, where orders include a download of the complete album at checkout; it can also be heard on Spotify and Apple Music.

    Chaney has also released a new video for the album's closing track, "House on a Hill," filmed by Gavin Elder at the rustic, 18th-century cottage in the hills of the North Yorkshire Moors where she wrote the record. You can watch it here:

    Chaney will give an album release concert at London's Hoxton Hall this Tuesday, June 19. Tickets are on sale now for her just-announced North American summer tour, which includes headline shows across the US and Canada, plus sets as special guest of Patty Griffin and Bruce Hornsby. For details and tickets, see below or visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    The Observer gives Shelter four stars, citing Chaney's "dazzling vocals," and noting: "As with its predecessor, The Longest River, it’s a finely wrought piece of work, with Chaney’s swooping delivery turning songs into dramas." Reviewer Neil Spencer says: "Chaney is steeped in folk tradition but not confined by it. Shelter's eight original songs owe more to Joni Mitchell’s Blue than to Broadside ballads." The review concludes: "An elegant, luminous album."

    "After 2017's splendid folk-rock collaboration with The Decemberists as Offa Rex, Shelter finds Chaney returning to the timeless acoustic verities of her 2015 solo debut The Longest River," writes Uncut's Nigel Williamson. "Yet there's a subtle and arresting progression too, with producer Doveman underpinning the intimacy of her crystalline voice with exquisite textures of piano and understated strings … [H]ere is transcendent refuge from the storm."

    "The ravishing follow-up to the Yorkshire lady's acclaimed debut is an exercise in bejeweled simplicity," says the Daily Mirror in a four-star review. "Chaney's clear resonating voice is a superlative means to convey this eagle-eyed observer's tender intimations … A triumph."

    Chaney describes her time writing songs for Shelter: "I had been on the road a lot and was struggling with the grit and loneliness of urban life. I think I'd been questioning what home, belonging, a sense of purpose, and my own culture even meant. I'd been craving wilderness and a return to essentials for a long time. Then, while touring in the US, I realized the place I needed was already in my life. It was ancient, barely habitable, and remote.

    "Thus a crumbling eighteenth-century cottage in the austere but magical hills of the North Yorkshire Moors—a family retreat since my teens, with no electricity or plumbing, where the only water comes from a spring—became the home for my work on Shelter," she continues. "We brought out an Arts and Crafts Bechstein piano and an old wood burner to the house; and as summer's end turned to autumn's shorter, colder days, the room with the upright and stove fueled my stay."

    Chaney says of working with Thomas Bartlett, "His close affiliation with such a varied and acclaimed group of artists was of enormous importance. His taste and sphere of understanding were as diverse as mine. He prioritized my compositions' meaning and lyricism, rather than jumping on the bandwagon of noisy popularity. I wanted a recording as intimate as the songs and their form. The only other musicians are Thomas and Jordan Hunt, my longtime collaborator who adds strings on select songs. It's just the three of us playing every sound you hear, using our instrumental and compositional craft, and Thomas' musician-producer's ear extraordinaire."

    Born in Florence, Italy, Chaney grew up in Oxford, England, in a household whose intellectual and artistic engagement was complemented by an expansive musical soundscape. This included Billie Holiday, Mozart operas, Sandy Denny, Prince, Tracy Chapman, Bert Jansch, Michael Jackson, and Joni Mitchell. She studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, where she took in everything the conservatory had to offer. Her curiosity led her further afield, from Ligeti to West African pop, Edith Piaf to Laurie Anderson, Mary Margaret O'Hara to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Sonic Youth to Sappho, Kate Bush to old-time country music—all while finding her own voice.

    The range of artists she's shared a stage with includes Robert Plant, Zero 7, the Labeque Sisters, Martin and Eliza Carthy, and Kronos Quartet, with whom she also recorded two songs for the 2017 Nonesuch album Folk Songs. Most recently she fronted a Grammy-nominated album, The Queen of Hearts, forming a new outfit, Offa Rex, with The Decemberists. The Guardian's review of that album said that "Chaney has a magical voice, full of heft, soul and sunlight," and fRoots said, "Chaney has never sounded better," while the Arts Desk said it was her "voice, with its clarity, power and emotional weight, that carries Offa Rex to the heights." The Financial Times added that "Chaney's singing makes 'Willie O' Winsbury' one of the best versions ever."

    OLIVIA CHANEY ON TOUR

    Jun 19 Hoxton Hall London, UK
         
    Jul 24 Eddie's Attic Decatur, GA
    Jul 26 Jammin' Java Vienna, VA
    Jul 28 Club Passim Cambridge, MA
    Jul 29 Landmark on Main Street* Port Washington, NY
    Jul 31 National Sawdust Brooklyn, NY
    Aug 1 World Cafe Live Upstairs Philadelphia, PA
    Aug 4 Light Club Lamp Shop Burlington, VT
    Aug 6 The Drake Hotel Toronto, ON
    Aug 8 Constellation Chicago, IL
    Aug 10 Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater Minneapolis, MN
    Aug 12 Admiral Theatre** Bremerton, WA
    Aug 14 Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
    Aug 16 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, CA
         

    * w/Patty Griffin
    ** w/Bruce Hornsby

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Olivia Chaney's New Album, "Shelter," Out Now on Nonesuch

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Olivia Chaney's new album, Shelter, is out now on Nonesuch. Produced by Thomas Bartlett, the album is eight original songs plus Chaney's takes on songs by Purcell and the Everly Brothers. She has also released a video for the track "House on a Hill," filmed at the rustic, 18th-century cottage in the hills of the North Yorkshire Moors where she wrote the record. Watch it here. The Observer cites Chaney's "dazzling vocals" and calls Shelter "an elegant, luminous album." Uncut calls it "transcendent refuge from the storm." The Daily Mirror says it's "a triumph." Chaney performs in London on June 19; tickets are on sale now for her North American summer tour.

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London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney's new album, Shelter, is out now on Nonesuch Records. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett and features eight original songs, along with Chaney's interpretations of Purcell's "O Solitude" and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter's "Long Time Gone," first recorded by the Everly Brothers. To pick up a copy of Shelter, head to your local record store, iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, where orders include a download of the complete album at checkout; it can also be heard on Spotify and Apple Music.

Chaney has also released a new video for the album's closing track, "House on a Hill," filmed by Gavin Elder at the rustic, 18th-century cottage in the hills of the North Yorkshire Moors where she wrote the record. You can watch it here:

Chaney will give an album release concert at London's Hoxton Hall this Tuesday, June 19. Tickets are on sale now for her just-announced North American summer tour, which includes headline shows across the US and Canada, plus sets as special guest of Patty Griffin and Bruce Hornsby. For details and tickets, see below or visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

The Observer gives Shelter four stars, citing Chaney's "dazzling vocals," and noting: "As with its predecessor, The Longest River, it’s a finely wrought piece of work, with Chaney’s swooping delivery turning songs into dramas." Reviewer Neil Spencer says: "Chaney is steeped in folk tradition but not confined by it. Shelter's eight original songs owe more to Joni Mitchell’s Blue than to Broadside ballads." The review concludes: "An elegant, luminous album."

"After 2017's splendid folk-rock collaboration with The Decemberists as Offa Rex, Shelter finds Chaney returning to the timeless acoustic verities of her 2015 solo debut The Longest River," writes Uncut's Nigel Williamson. "Yet there's a subtle and arresting progression too, with producer Doveman underpinning the intimacy of her crystalline voice with exquisite textures of piano and understated strings … [H]ere is transcendent refuge from the storm."

"The ravishing follow-up to the Yorkshire lady's acclaimed debut is an exercise in bejeweled simplicity," says the Daily Mirror in a four-star review. "Chaney's clear resonating voice is a superlative means to convey this eagle-eyed observer's tender intimations … A triumph."

Chaney describes her time writing songs for Shelter: "I had been on the road a lot and was struggling with the grit and loneliness of urban life. I think I'd been questioning what home, belonging, a sense of purpose, and my own culture even meant. I'd been craving wilderness and a return to essentials for a long time. Then, while touring in the US, I realized the place I needed was already in my life. It was ancient, barely habitable, and remote.

"Thus a crumbling eighteenth-century cottage in the austere but magical hills of the North Yorkshire Moors—a family retreat since my teens, with no electricity or plumbing, where the only water comes from a spring—became the home for my work on Shelter," she continues. "We brought out an Arts and Crafts Bechstein piano and an old wood burner to the house; and as summer's end turned to autumn's shorter, colder days, the room with the upright and stove fueled my stay."

Chaney says of working with Thomas Bartlett, "His close affiliation with such a varied and acclaimed group of artists was of enormous importance. His taste and sphere of understanding were as diverse as mine. He prioritized my compositions' meaning and lyricism, rather than jumping on the bandwagon of noisy popularity. I wanted a recording as intimate as the songs and their form. The only other musicians are Thomas and Jordan Hunt, my longtime collaborator who adds strings on select songs. It's just the three of us playing every sound you hear, using our instrumental and compositional craft, and Thomas' musician-producer's ear extraordinaire."

Born in Florence, Italy, Chaney grew up in Oxford, England, in a household whose intellectual and artistic engagement was complemented by an expansive musical soundscape. This included Billie Holiday, Mozart operas, Sandy Denny, Prince, Tracy Chapman, Bert Jansch, Michael Jackson, and Joni Mitchell. She studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, where she took in everything the conservatory had to offer. Her curiosity led her further afield, from Ligeti to West African pop, Edith Piaf to Laurie Anderson, Mary Margaret O'Hara to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Sonic Youth to Sappho, Kate Bush to old-time country music—all while finding her own voice.

The range of artists she's shared a stage with includes Robert Plant, Zero 7, the Labeque Sisters, Martin and Eliza Carthy, and Kronos Quartet, with whom she also recorded two songs for the 2017 Nonesuch album Folk Songs. Most recently she fronted a Grammy-nominated album, The Queen of Hearts, forming a new outfit, Offa Rex, with The Decemberists. The Guardian's review of that album said that "Chaney has a magical voice, full of heft, soul and sunlight," and fRoots said, "Chaney has never sounded better," while the Arts Desk said it was her "voice, with its clarity, power and emotional weight, that carries Offa Rex to the heights." The Financial Times added that "Chaney's singing makes 'Willie O' Winsbury' one of the best versions ever."

OLIVIA CHANEY ON TOUR

Jun 19 Hoxton Hall London, UK
     
Jul 24 Eddie's Attic Decatur, GA
Jul 26 Jammin' Java Vienna, VA
Jul 28 Club Passim Cambridge, MA
Jul 29 Landmark on Main Street* Port Washington, NY
Jul 31 National Sawdust Brooklyn, NY
Aug 1 World Cafe Live Upstairs Philadelphia, PA
Aug 4 Light Club Lamp Shop Burlington, VT
Aug 6 The Drake Hotel Toronto, ON
Aug 8 Constellation Chicago, IL
Aug 10 Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater Minneapolis, MN
Aug 12 Admiral Theatre** Bremerton, WA
Aug 14 Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
Aug 16 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, CA
     

* w/Patty Griffin
** w/Bruce Hornsby

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