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Watch: Natalie Merchant's "Giving Up Everything" Video Premieres on NPR

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    Watch: Natalie Merchant's "Giving Up Everything" Video Premieres on NPR

    Natalie Merchant's new self-titled album is due May 6 on Nonesuch Records. The video for the song "Giving Up Everything," directed by Dan Winters and featuring the first music to be heard from the album, has premiered on NPR's First Watch. "Rarely is an artist as honest and revealing as Natalie Merchant in her new video and song, 'Giving Up Everything,'" says NPR Music's Bob Boilen. "Watch the video, let it settle in your bones, and watch again." You can do so below.

    The new album is the multi-platinum singer’s sixth solo collection, and her first of entirely original songs in 13 years; it is available for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store.

    This self-produced album is the work of a mature artist with a clear and distinctive voice. Long appreciated for the depth and substance of her writing, Merchant has never shied away from weighty themes or subjects for her lyrics. She describes the new release as informed "by experience and keen observation," dealing with issues of "love gained and lost, regret, denial, surrender, greed, destructiveness, defeat, and occasional triumph."

    Combining three decades of experience in song writing and album making, Merchant's production style is nuanced and pure. Her voice is framed by a balanced blend of electric and acoustic sound throughout with musicianship of exceptional quality. String, brass, and woodwind arrangements mingle with Hammond organ and electric guitar improvisations. Players include John Medeski, Shawn Pelton, Clark Gayton, Uri Sharlin, Jesse Murphy, Erik Della Penna, Gabriel Gordon, and guest vocalists Simi Stone, Elizabeth Mitchell, and gospel singer Corliss Stafford.

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on April 9, 2014 - 10:51am
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Natalie Merchant's new self-titled album is due May 6. The video for the song "Giving Up Everything," directed by Dan Winters and featuring the first music to be heard from the album, has premiered on NPR's First Watch. "Rarely is an artist as honest and revealing as Natalie Merchant in her new video and song, 'Giving Up Everything,'" says NPR Music's Bob Boilen. "Watch the video, let it settle in your bones, and watch again." You can do so here.

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Natalie Merchant's new self-titled album is due May 6 on Nonesuch Records. The video for the song "Giving Up Everything," directed by Dan Winters and featuring the first music to be heard from the album, has premiered on NPR's First Watch. "Rarely is an artist as honest and revealing as Natalie Merchant in her new video and song, 'Giving Up Everything,'" says NPR Music's Bob Boilen. "Watch the video, let it settle in your bones, and watch again." You can do so below.

The new album is the multi-platinum singer’s sixth solo collection, and her first of entirely original songs in 13 years; it is available for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store.

This self-produced album is the work of a mature artist with a clear and distinctive voice. Long appreciated for the depth and substance of her writing, Merchant has never shied away from weighty themes or subjects for her lyrics. She describes the new release as informed "by experience and keen observation," dealing with issues of "love gained and lost, regret, denial, surrender, greed, destructiveness, defeat, and occasional triumph."

Combining three decades of experience in song writing and album making, Merchant's production style is nuanced and pure. Her voice is framed by a balanced blend of electric and acoustic sound throughout with musicianship of exceptional quality. String, brass, and woodwind arrangements mingle with Hammond organ and electric guitar improvisations. Players include John Medeski, Shawn Pelton, Clark Gayton, Uri Sharlin, Jesse Murphy, Erik Della Penna, Gabriel Gordon, and guest vocalists Simi Stone, Elizabeth Mitchell, and gospel singer Corliss Stafford.

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Natalie Merchant: "Giving Up Everything"

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eric j rhoades's picture

Wow, superlative effort. Considering the anthems people grew up with, anthems of youth, this is like musical postscript.

I have been thinking a lot about the apparent theme of this song lately, and it seems that through life we deal with two separate forces in our lives. Surely the baseline force is the force of the moment, our only job is to live each moment as well as we can, the rest is largely stuff we made up in our heads. The second is the force of time, it takes time to raise a child, time to build a house, time to get an education. Times causes us to plan, to envision, to hope for what the future may bring, very rarely though do those plans come true in the way we would hope. When one gets older this can bring a letdown, ones horizons narrow, and the proof of where things can go versus where we want them to go is realized. Life forces us on, the rule of moments constantly unwinding, the joy of those. But if ones life was built on hopes gifted through time, there can be trouble.

Thank you very much for this song, it has touched me deeply.

Sue Racicot's picture

I was fortunate enough to see Natalie in Great Barrington last year. I had ab fab seats and I won an autographed children's book :) for being a reading teacher. It was a high point in my 52+ years, although it is painful to remember not being able to remember the title, "I May Know the Word" while under pressure trying to think of songs to request. The a/c had broken, it was wicked hot, and I gave Natalie a hair tier to get her hair off her neck. She was so awesome, I told her I love her. She borrowed my reading glasses too. I treasure them now <3

Craig Laurance Gidney's picture

The song and video possess a dark, stately beauty.

David's picture

Wow - Now that's a music video! That was awesome! Can't wait for the new album!!

David's picture

Nonesuch and Ms. Merchant,

PLEASE, PLEASE film and release a DVD of your upcoming concerts at the Milton Court Concert Hall!!! :)

Angelita B.'s picture

Really beautiful song. Natalie continues to inspire and humble. I am so looking forward to the new album.

tjhee's picture

This is simply beautiful.

Perhaps it is less song, and more transcendent mantra. It’s haunting, but clear, and exceptionally lovely.

I, too, was touched by this song and the video.

Andrew Currie-Beckstead's picture

Since Natalie's latest foray into poetry and music with themes of youth, childhood and motherhood, many of us long-time fans have been waiting for the next evolution of Miss Merchant and her art. And hoping for some semblance to previous work in her distinct vocal and musical approaches to often disquieting themes or subjects. Well, what a fantastic and beauteous song this is (and video performance). Natalie's dark and edgy side is what I've always personally been drawn more to than the lilting upbeat or more commercially appealing "pop" songs, so this video gives me an even keener anticipation of the new album than I had already. It's immensely rewarding, and I believe the new album is poised to become a fan favorite, if not her personal best as well.

Campcash's picture

I can not remember an album I have anticipated more..To me, .Natalie is one of , if not the best, musical talents of modern time. I am a few years older than she and I can relate completely to her true words. She writes from experience and it is all real. How awesome is she? I have raised three generations in my family that love her music all the way back to 10,000 Maniacs! Thank you natalie for this song and the new album! Look forward to a tour in the near future?

Nicole 's picture

I cannot wait for this album. It has been far to long since we have heard this beautiful voice...........

kathryn kelly's picture

When is Nonesuch Records going to encourage Natalie Merchant to release a live c.d?
A little of live songs.

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