Rachael & Vilray's New Album, 'I Love a Love Song!,' Out Now on Nonesuch

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I Love a Love Song!, the second album from Rachael & Vilray, is out now. The album features eleven new songs written by Vilray plus the 1930s classic "Goodnight My Love" written by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel. "This is a beautiful collaboration," says BBC Radio 2's Jamie Cullum. "I totally and utterly love that ... I will be listening to that throughout the year." "I Love a Love Song! is a truly lovely album, front to back," says No Depression. "More than anything, it’s two accomplished solo performers coming together with a mutual respect and love of musical standards with the goal of responding in kind." You can watch a new live performance video of the album track "Hate is the Basis (of Love)" here.

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I Love a Love Song!, the new album from Rachael & Vilray, the duo of singer/songwriter Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive) and guitarist/singer/songwriter Vilray, is out now on Nonesuch Records. You can hear it and get it here. An exclusive sky-blue vinyl edition is available in the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include an exclusive autographed print in one of four colors selected at random while they last.

In celebration of the new release, Rachael & Vilray are set to play a full-band headline set at New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 24. Tickets are on sale now here. The duo has debuted a live performance video of the album track “Hate is the Basis (of Love),” which you can watch here:

“This is a beautiful collaboration," says BBC Radio 2's Jamie Cullum. "I totally and utterly love that. I love the way it’s recorded ... It sounds like a brilliant bunch of musicians playing a brilliant song in a gorgeous room with beautiful mics, and that is how it should be ... I will be listening to that throughout the year."

"I Love a Love Song! is a truly lovely album, front to back," says No Depression. "More than anything, it’s two accomplished solo performers coming together with a mutual respect and love of musical standards with the goal of responding in kind."

Combining Rachael Price’s singular voice with Vilray’s knack for songwriting, I Love a Love Song! showcases Rachael & Vilray’s sonic evolution as this new project incorporates an elevated big band ensemble. The duo has deeply absorbed the work from their jazz predecessors, taking the best of the past and creating something new.

Recorded at United Recording in Los Angeles, the twelve track album was produced, engineered and mixed by Dan Knobler (Allison Russell) and features arrangements from Jacob Zimmerman. All songs were written by Vilray except for the 1930’s classic “Goodnight My Love,” which was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel.

Rachael Price and Vilray began performing together in 2015, although they first met in 2003 as students at the New England Conservatory of Music. Vilray formed a couple of bands with Price’s soon-to-be bandmates in Lake Street Dive. Price recalls he had a nimble mind and quick wit when it came to lyrics. It was more than a decade later that Price and Vilray began to collaborate. She had been on the road much of each year with Lake Street Dive and he had been developing his own solo act, centered around just voice and guitar.

In 2019, Rachael & Vilray released their self-titled debut album via Nonesuch Records to critical praise; NPR says, “She can sing anything; he can play anything … Tin Pan Alley meets the Lower East Side in a smoky bar, in songs with a twist of humor.”

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  • Friday, January 13, 2023
    Rachael & Vilray's New Album, 'I Love a Love Song!,' Out Now on Nonesuch

    I Love a Love Song!, the new album from Rachael & Vilray, the duo of singer/songwriter Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive) and guitarist/singer/songwriter Vilray, is out now on Nonesuch Records. You can hear it and get it here. An exclusive sky-blue vinyl edition is available in the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include an exclusive autographed print in one of four colors selected at random while they last.

    In celebration of the new release, Rachael & Vilray are set to play a full-band headline set at New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 24. Tickets are on sale now here. The duo has debuted a live performance video of the album track “Hate is the Basis (of Love),” which you can watch here:

    “This is a beautiful collaboration," says BBC Radio 2's Jamie Cullum. "I totally and utterly love that. I love the way it’s recorded ... It sounds like a brilliant bunch of musicians playing a brilliant song in a gorgeous room with beautiful mics, and that is how it should be ... I will be listening to that throughout the year."

    "I Love a Love Song! is a truly lovely album, front to back," says No Depression. "More than anything, it’s two accomplished solo performers coming together with a mutual respect and love of musical standards with the goal of responding in kind."

    Combining Rachael Price’s singular voice with Vilray’s knack for songwriting, I Love a Love Song! showcases Rachael & Vilray’s sonic evolution as this new project incorporates an elevated big band ensemble. The duo has deeply absorbed the work from their jazz predecessors, taking the best of the past and creating something new.

    Recorded at United Recording in Los Angeles, the twelve track album was produced, engineered and mixed by Dan Knobler (Allison Russell) and features arrangements from Jacob Zimmerman. All songs were written by Vilray except for the 1930’s classic “Goodnight My Love,” which was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel.

    Rachael Price and Vilray began performing together in 2015, although they first met in 2003 as students at the New England Conservatory of Music. Vilray formed a couple of bands with Price’s soon-to-be bandmates in Lake Street Dive. Price recalls he had a nimble mind and quick wit when it came to lyrics. It was more than a decade later that Price and Vilray began to collaborate. She had been on the road much of each year with Lake Street Dive and he had been developing his own solo act, centered around just voice and guitar.

    In 2019, Rachael & Vilray released their self-titled debut album via Nonesuch Records to critical praise; NPR says, “She can sing anything; he can play anything … Tin Pan Alley meets the Lower East Side in a smoky bar, in songs with a twist of humor.”

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