Cornelia Murr Releases New Single WHO AM I TO TELL YOU From Forthcoming Debut Album
Cornelia Murr released a new track from her forthcoming debut album Lake Tear of the Clouds today; "Who Am I To Tell You" is an anthem of independence that premiered on KCRW today. "That combination of hazy upstate retreat and laid back L.A. accessibility... is present throughout the jubilant bounce that accompanies the smart and introspective lyrics of this track," writes KCRW.
Lake Tear of the Clouds was produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and also features the previously released tracks "Man On My Mind" and "Tokyo Kyoto" -- it will be released on July 13 via Autumn Tone Records and is available for pre-order here.
Cornelia Murr will play a release show at LA's Bootleg Theater on Friday, July 20; tickets are available now. She will also support Lucius on September 11 at Portland, OR's Aladdin Theater and September 12 at Seattle's Moore Theatre.
PRAISE FOR LAKE TEAR OF THE CLOUDS:
"Like a salve, like the meditation in the middle of the madness that, just maybe, will offer a sense of peace as the rest unfolds." - Stereogum
"Touches on cosmic soul and folk, bringing to mind the Omnichord expanses of Broadcast and Stereolab, but Murr stands alone as her own creation, her songs disarmingly open and artfully realized." - Aquarium Drunkard
"Conjures the spirit of her wild upstate childhood with verse-like lyrics and a wash of soft melodies." - Wild Honey Pie
MORE ON CORNELIA MURR:
On her debut album Lake Tear of the Clouds, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Cornelia Murr taps into the bucolic spirit of the Hudson Valley in upper New York State. Working with producer Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Murr conjures a hazy blend of folk and cosmic soul music, her voice floating over ghostly soundscapes that bring to mind the fantasias of Broadcast, Stereolab's most pastoral moments, and the spooky romance of Beach House.
Murr was born in London and resides in California as a dual citizen, but spent much of her childhood moving through the United States, from Colorado to Massachusetts, California to New York City and upstate New York. It's the latter locale that most informs the spiritual geography of the album, which invokes the cyclical journey of water from the highest point in the Adirondack Mountains to the valley below and out to sea. Like that water, Murr's voice flows with a liquid grace.
Though she's collaborated with other musicians, including Elvis Perkins, appearing on his 2015 LP I Aubade, and songwriter/actress Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle), Murr has long written and recorded her own compositions. While in the past she brought her songs to life via obsessively detailed, harmony-laced demos recorded to her iPhone, the new album represents the fullest, and most public, expression of her songcraft.
Recorded primarily at Palomino Sound, the record showcases Murr on vocals, Omnichord, mellotron, pocket piano, electric/acoustic guitars, whistles, and percussion. She's accompanied by contributions from James; piano and keys by Bo Koster of My Morning Jacket; Lola Kirke on vocals; Naomi Greene on vocals and electric harp. Bassist Shane McKillop and drummer Justin Flint, both of Amo Amo, comprise the rhythm section. Spiritual support, Murr notes, was provided by Palomino Sound studio dog Frita, who earns a special thanks in the liner notes alongside Kirke. Originally intended as a four-song EP, Murr found herself with a wealth of songs, many of which she'd been workshopping for years. Encouraged by James, whom she calls "the perfect producer," Murr realized she had a full-length album on her hands.
Often sounding like she could be transmitting from some inter-dimensional sock hop or theTwin Peaks Roadhouse, Murr's songs are transfixing and moving. From the Cocteau Twins-eque "Tokyo Kyoto" to the girl group evoking "Who Am I To Tell You" to the Old Weird American folk of closer "You Got Me," Murr alchemizes personal experiences, reflecting on the need to claim personal space, and translating her inner reserve to listeners. Rounding out the album is a cover of Yoko Ono's 1973 feminist anthem, "I Have a Woman Inside My Soul."
Murr has long kept her songs close - shielding them from "roommates and lovers" - but Lake Tear of the Clouds represents her desire to no longer hide herself or her music away. Both intimate and psychedelic, the album explores womanhood and the personal revelations that accompany maturing into oneself. "I've spent so long/In a silent space scream/Now I've forgotten how it feels/To know someone's listening," Murr sings on "Billions." But Lake Tear of the Clouds presents Murr's voice as one well worth hearing.