Rachel Eckroth will release When It Falls on October 19 and today premieres the video for the lone cover on the record, David Bowie's "Love Is Lost". The Derek A Welte video debuted this morning at BlackBook, who lauded the, "stunningly realized version and enigmatic accompanying video."
Eckroth's connection to Bowie on this new LP is a full circle, with Rachel initially starting to write the record shortly after the death of both Bowie and her own father, and co-production on the record by Bowie's Blackstar, bassist Tim Lefebvre - who also happens to be Eckroth's husband.
"The idea to cover 'Love Is Lost' came from a period in time when Tim and I were spinning a lot of Bowie on the turntable at home - not long after Bowie's death, and the release of Blackstar, which Tim played bass on," notes Eckroth. "In an attempt to capture some of the original production elements, we kept the odd harmonies in the guitar part and the thick harmonies of the background vocals. We put together a choir of six people to achieve this - Sy Smith, Carlos Ricketts, Mark Rivers, JJ Appleton and Tim and I.
"Tim suggested an homage to Bowie's long time pianist, Mike Garson. In the breakdown before the bridge, I play some Garson-esque free jazz phrases on piano, sort of leading the band into a chaotic meltdown."
A musical chameleon, Eckroth, When It Falls, follows her more "jazzed out" last LP, (Let Go), with an industrial-synth heavy pop album, equally evidenced by the album's first single, "Call My Name", which arrived last month.
"This is an evolution," admits Eckroth. When It Falls certainly marks a transformation: Featuring guitarists Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II, drummers Matt Chamberlain, Gary Novak and Sterling Campbell, and bassist/producer/husband Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie/Tedeschi Trucks Band), the album explores sonic areas far removed from the singer's early work.
Rachel Eckroth will be touring this fall - both on her own with Lefebvre and Bowie compatriot Gerry Leonard, and later opening for Rufus Wainwright (where Eckroth will also be playing in the band). A full list of tour dates can be found below.
Rachel Eckroth Tour dates:
Oct 11 - New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
Oct 18 - Napa, CA @ Blue Note Napa
Oct 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Blue Whale Jazz Club
Oct 22 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Oct 25 - San Diego, CA @ Bread & Salt
Nov 09 - Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre *
Nov 10 - San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic *
Nov 12 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater *
Nov 14 - Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre *
Nov 17 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater *
Nov 20 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre *
Nov 22 - Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre *
Dec 04 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
Dec 05 - Boston, MA @ Emerson Colonial Theatre *
Dec 07 - Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre *
Dec 08 - Bethesda, MD @ Strathmore *
Dec 10 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Paramount Theatre *
Dec 11 - Nashville, TN @ The CMA Theatre *
Dec 12 - Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall *
* w/ Rufus Wainwright
Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez