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  • Lianne La Havas has released a new video for the song “Can’t Fight” from her forthcoming self-titled album. Created in collaboration between La Havas and director Kevin Morosky, the video documents her cultural roots, influences, memories of love and loss, and daily passions, taking the viewer on a visual journey through the her beloved South London. La Havas says, “I’ve finally made a video for ‘Can’t Fight’ navigating the social distancing guidelines, and had a lot of fun doing so. Enjoy.”

  • Lianne La Havas will play a one-off solo live show at London's Roundhouse on Wednesday, July 15, which will include new songs from her forthcoming, self-titled album and throughout her catalog. This very special, multi-camera, one-night-only performance will be broadcast via YouTube; tickets go on sale this Friday. La Havas will donate her proceeds to Black Lives Matter–related organizations. She has just released a cover of Radiohead's "Weird Fishes," the latest single from the new album, due July 17. The new track is "glorious," says Uncut; Mojo calls it "a show-stopper."

  • About This Album

    British singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas releases Lianne La Havas, her first album since 2015’s Blood, on July 17, 2020 on Nonesuch Records in the US. The album is available to pre-order on limited-edition clear vinyl, standard vinyl, and CD in the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of the album tracks three tracks. La Havas performed both songs, as well as “Midnight” from Blood during her NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, which can be seen below. "Something special happens when Lianne La Havas performs an acoustic set," says NPR Music's Suraya Mohamed. "Our audience agrees; her first appearance at the Tiny Desk in 2015 is one of the most popular Tiny Desk Concerts of all time. We are thrilled to have her back, this time performing from her home in London."

    “‘Paper Thin,’ for me, is the song that started this whole thing going. It started as a distant melody in my head as I was falling asleep that I decided not to sleep on,” La Havas explains. “It was recorded as jam between friends and has stayed that way.”

    The ten songs on Lianne La Havas—nine originals plus a cover of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes”—span the arc of a love affair, one that brought growth and newfound confidence. “This is my first completely self-produced album with my own band. I got my own way with everything—all the decisions that you hear on this album were mine,” she says. “I’m a woman now, so I’m less shy and timid about saying certain things. And there’s no right or wrong when it’s your record, so I was very much embracing that fact, as well.”

    She continues: “I’ve tapped into the best and worst parts of me and while I didn’t expect this to be the direction of my new music, it’s my reality and it’s driven by emotion. I dare say that this is the closest I’ve gotten to a pure expression so far. If you’d never heard me before, I’d be happy to say, ‘This is me. This is who I am.’”

    Blood was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. It received tremendous critical praise, with the New York Times saying “There are cross-currents of rhythm and harmony, of melancholy and bliss, of romance and self-determination, of playfulness and purpose. But what comes across first is the sheer grace of her voice. It can be a breathy purr, a lilting tease, a liquid confession or a torchy declaration.” Pigeons and Planes said, “In the modern world of artificial pop and electronically charged hits, Lianne La Havas brings life. Combining jazzy chord progressions, funky bass lines, and sweet, soulful vocals, (she) makes the kind of music that transcends current fads.”

    Her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? (2012), received similar acclaim, with the Associated Press calling it “not just one of the year’s best debuts, but one of the year’s best albums.” Among her many other accolades, La Havas has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, the Ivor Novello, Brits, and MOBOs.

    La Havas has in recent years supported Coldplay on an international stadium tour, headlined Brixton Academy, and played the Afropunk Festival in New York. She and her band played London’s Barbican alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Jules Buckley in February; a video of their performance of “Bittersweet” may be seen here:

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Lianne La Havas, vocals (1–11), guitar (1–5, 7–11), snare drum (8)
    Matt Hales, backing vocals (1), keyboards (9), drum programming (10), bass guitar (10)
    Kim Oliver, backing vocals (1)
    James Wyatt, keyboards (1, 2), piano (1), claps (7), backing vocals (7), vocal arrangement (7)
    Yves Fernandez, bass guitar (1, 2, 4, 7, 9), claps (7)
    Dan See, drums and percussion (1, 2, 4, 7–9)
    Bruno Major, guitar (2), piano (2)
    Sam Crowe, keys (2, 3, 11)
    Chris Tabron, keyboards (2)
    Frida Touray, backing vocals (3, 7)
    Joe Harryson, bass guitar (5), Homer Steinweiss, drums (5)
    Geordan Reid-Campbell, keyboards (6), bass guitar (6), drums and percussion (6)
    James Wyatt, keyboards (7), vocoder (7)
    Nick Hakim, keyboards (8), electric guitar (8), drum programming (8), bass guitar (8), backing vocals (8)
    Gareth Lockrane, flute (9)
    Joe Harrison, guitar (10), keyboards (10)
    Paul Castelluzzo, whistling (10)
    Tim McNalley, cello (10), viola (10)
    Burniss Travis, double bass (11)
    Mark Guiliana, drums and percussion (11)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Lianne La Havas, Matt Hales (1, 2, 4, 5, 8–11), Beni Giles (1–4, 7–9), Sam Crowe (3), Mura Masa (4), Homer Steinweiss (5), Joe Harrison (5, 10), Geordan Reid-Campbell (6), Nick Hakim (8), Chris Tabron (11)
    Recorded at 123 Studios, London (1, 2, 7); Miloco, London (2); The Pool, London (2, 4, 9); Red Bull Studios, New York (2, 11); The Crows Nest Studio, London (3); The Legendary Diamond Mine, New York (5); Studio 19, The Premises Studios, London (6); Earseed Recording, New York (8); Real World Studios, Bath (9); Eagle Rock Studios, Los Angeles (10)
    Mixed by Dan Grech (1, 7), Renaud Letang (2, 4), Beni Giles (3, 9), Matt Hales (5, 6, 9), Chris Tabron (8, 11)
    Engineered by Robert Wilks (1, 2, 7), Beni Giles (1), Daniel Moyler (2, 4, 9), Sam Crowe (3), Joe Harryson & Homer Steinweiss (5), Geordan Reid-Campbell (6), Nick Hakim (8), Bill Malina (10), Nate Odden & Chris Tabron (11)
    Vocals recorded and engineered by Matt Hales at Studio Seventeen, Bath and Real World Studios, Bath; Robert Wilks & Beni Giles at Iguana Studios, London; Daniel Moyler & Jonny Breakwell at The Pool Studios, London
    Additional drums engineered by Robert Wilks & Beni Giles at Iguana Studios, London
    Mixing assistance provided by Brandon Peralta
    Engineering assistance provided by Jonny Breakwell, Brandon Peralta, and Augusto Sanchez

    Mastered by Stuart Hawkes at Metropolis Mastering, UK

    "Bittersweet" contains interpolations of "Ike’s Rap Part III" (Isaac Hayes) and "Your Love Is So Doggone Good" (Di Fosco T. Ervin Jr. & Rudy Love)
    Sample replay produced by Hal Ritson and Richard Adlam for Replay Heaven
    Keyboards, drums, and programming by Hal Ritson and Richard Adlam
    Vocals by Elroy Powell

    Strings for "Can't Fight" arranged and performed by Davide Rossi for Echo Beach management

    "Weird Fishes" written by Thomas Edward Yorke, Colin Charles Greenwood, Jonathan Greenwood, Philip James Selway, and Edward John O’Brien
    Original arrangement by Lianne La Havas, James Wyatt, Christopher Dagger, Jay Sikora and Rhianna Kenny

    Photography by Bruno Major

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on March 5, 2020 - 9:40am
Release Date: 
Friday, July 17, 2020 (All day)
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Lianne La Havas's self-titled, third album spans the arc of a relationship. "What plays a big role in the album is the idea of the life cycle of plants and nature—equating this journey with a seasonal thing that blooms, thrives, goes away, and comes back even stronger," she says. Its musical references are as varied as Milton Nascimento, Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorious, Al Green, and Destiny’s Child. In keeping with the album's intimate feel, everyone who contributed is a trusted collaborator, including longtime songwriting ally Matt Hales, co-producer Beni Giles, and guest co-producer Mura Masa. Pre-order to download four tracks now.

Description: 

British singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas releases Lianne La Havas, her first album since 2015’s Blood, on July 17, 2020 on Nonesuch Records in the US. The album is available to pre-order on limited-edition clear vinyl, standard vinyl, and CD in the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of the album tracks three tracks. La Havas performed both songs, as well as “Midnight” from Blood during her NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, which can be seen below. "Something special happens when Lianne La Havas performs an acoustic set," says NPR Music's Suraya Mohamed. "Our audience agrees; her first appearance at the Tiny Desk in 2015 is one of the most popular Tiny Desk Concerts of all time. We are thrilled to have her back, this time performing from her home in London."

“‘Paper Thin,’ for me, is the song that started this whole thing going. It started as a distant melody in my head as I was falling asleep that I decided not to sleep on,” La Havas explains. “It was recorded as jam between friends and has stayed that way.”

The ten songs on Lianne La Havas—nine originals plus a cover of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes”—span the arc of a love affair, one that brought growth and newfound confidence. “This is my first completely self-produced album with my own band. I got my own way with everything—all the decisions that you hear on this album were mine,” she says. “I’m a woman now, so I’m less shy and timid about saying certain things. And there’s no right or wrong when it’s your record, so I was very much embracing that fact, as well.”

She continues: “I’ve tapped into the best and worst parts of me and while I didn’t expect this to be the direction of my new music, it’s my reality and it’s driven by emotion. I dare say that this is the closest I’ve gotten to a pure expression so far. If you’d never heard me before, I’d be happy to say, ‘This is me. This is who I am.’”

Blood was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. It received tremendous critical praise, with the New York Times saying “There are cross-currents of rhythm and harmony, of melancholy and bliss, of romance and self-determination, of playfulness and purpose. But what comes across first is the sheer grace of her voice. It can be a breathy purr, a lilting tease, a liquid confession or a torchy declaration.” Pigeons and Planes said, “In the modern world of artificial pop and electronically charged hits, Lianne La Havas brings life. Combining jazzy chord progressions, funky bass lines, and sweet, soulful vocals, (she) makes the kind of music that transcends current fads.”

Her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? (2012), received similar acclaim, with the Associated Press calling it “not just one of the year’s best debuts, but one of the year’s best albums.” Among her many other accolades, La Havas has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, the Ivor Novello, Brits, and MOBOs.

La Havas has in recent years supported Coldplay on an international stadium tour, headlined Brixton Academy, and played the Afropunk Festival in New York. She and her band played London’s Barbican alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Jules Buckley in February; a video of their performance of “Bittersweet” may be seen here:

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Lianne La Havas, Matt Hales (1, 2, 4, 5, 8–11), Beni Giles (1–4, 7–9), Sam Crowe (3), Mura Masa (4), Homer Steinweiss (5), Joe Harrison (5, 10), Geordan Reid-Campbell (6), Nick Hakim (8), Chris Tabron (11)
Recorded at 123 Studios, London (1, 2, 7); Miloco, London (2); The Pool, London (2, 4, 9); Red Bull Studios, New York (2, 11); The Crows Nest Studio, London (3); The Legendary Diamond Mine, New York (5); Studio 19, The Premises Studios, London (6); Earseed Recording, New York (8); Real World Studios, Bath (9); Eagle Rock Studios, Los Angeles (10)
Mixed by Dan Grech (1, 7), Renaud Letang (2, 4), Beni Giles (3, 9), Matt Hales (5, 6, 9), Chris Tabron (8, 11)
Engineered by Robert Wilks (1, 2, 7), Beni Giles (1), Daniel Moyler (2, 4, 9), Sam Crowe (3), Joe Harryson & Homer Steinweiss (5), Geordan Reid-Campbell (6), Nick Hakim (8), Bill Malina (10), Nate Odden & Chris Tabron (11)
Vocals recorded and engineered by Matt Hales at Studio Seventeen, Bath and Real World Studios, Bath; Robert Wilks & Beni Giles at Iguana Studios, London; Daniel Moyler & Jonny Breakwell at The Pool Studios, London
Additional drums engineered by Robert Wilks & Beni Giles at Iguana Studios, London
Mixing assistance provided by Brandon Peralta
Engineering assistance provided by Jonny Breakwell, Brandon Peralta, and Augusto Sanchez

Mastered by Stuart Hawkes at Metropolis Mastering, UK

"Bittersweet" contains interpolations of "Ike’s Rap Part III" (Isaac Hayes) and "Your Love Is So Doggone Good" (Di Fosco T. Ervin Jr. & Rudy Love)
Sample replay produced by Hal Ritson and Richard Adlam for Replay Heaven
Keyboards, drums, and programming by Hal Ritson and Richard Adlam
Vocals by Elroy Powell

Strings for "Can't Fight" arranged and performed by Davide Rossi for Echo Beach management

"Weird Fishes" written by Thomas Edward Yorke, Colin Charles Greenwood, Jonathan Greenwood, Philip James Selway, and Edward John O’Brien
Original arrangement by Lianne La Havas, James Wyatt, Christopher Dagger, Jay Sikora and Rhianna Kenny

Photography by Bruno Major

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MUSICIANS
Lianne La Havas, vocals (1–11), guitar (1–5, 7–11), snare drum (8)
Matt Hales, backing vocals (1), keyboards (9), drum programming (10), bass guitar (10)
Kim Oliver, backing vocals (1)
James Wyatt, keyboards (1, 2), piano (1), claps (7), backing vocals (7), vocal arrangement (7)
Yves Fernandez, bass guitar (1, 2, 4, 7, 9), claps (7)
Dan See, drums and percussion (1, 2, 4, 7–9)
Bruno Major, guitar (2), piano (2)
Sam Crowe, keys (2, 3, 11)
Chris Tabron, keyboards (2)
Frida Touray, backing vocals (3, 7)
Joe Harryson, bass guitar (5), Homer Steinweiss, drums (5)
Geordan Reid-Campbell, keyboards (6), bass guitar (6), drums and percussion (6)
James Wyatt, keyboards (7), vocoder (7)
Nick Hakim, keyboards (8), electric guitar (8), drum programming (8), bass guitar (8), backing vocals (8)
Gareth Lockrane, flute (9)
Joe Harrison, guitar (10), keyboards (10)
Paul Castelluzzo, whistling (10)
Tim McNalley, cello (10), viola (10)
Burniss Travis, double bass (11)
Mark Guiliana, drums and percussion (11)

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