L’ICONA DEL CANTAUTORATO DALLE BALLATE FOLK-POP, ACUSTICHE ED ELEGANTI,
TORNA CON UN NUOVO ALBUM IN USCITA IL 14 OTTOBRE 2016
PER COOKING VYNIL/EDEL
“LOVER, BELOVED: SONGS FROM AN EVENING WITH CARSON McCULLERS”
Tra le icone della musica contemporanea, la cantautrice Suzanne Vega torna con un nuovo album, un omaggio alla scrittrice americana Carson McCullers, una figura femminile che è da sempre una grande ispirazione per la songwriter newyorkese. “Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers” è in uscita il 14 ottobre 2016 per Cooking Vinyl/Edel. Anticipato dal singolo “Harper Lee”, il nuovo album è una collezione di dieci canzoni scritte da Suzanne Vega con la collaborazione di Duncan Sheik, che catturano l’essenza e la filosofia della scrittice Carson McCullers. “I feel that McCullers’ ideas and thoughts are very modern and she incarnates them in a way that other authors don’t. She tried to live them and paid a price for it.” – Suzanne Vega.
One of contemporary music’s most iconic singer/songwriters, Suzanne Vega, will celebrate the remarkable life of another distinguished writer, Carson McCullers, when she releases a new studio album inspired by the novelist entitled “Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers” on Cooking Vinyl on October 14, 2016.
Having long admired McCullers’ work since first reading a short story of hers as a teenager, Vega already made the determination at a young age that “If I ever want to play a character at any point in the future, I could play this woman.” On her new album, Vega inhabits McCullers’ extraordinary character and renders the life of a woman who, revolted by the politics and racism of her upbringing in the American South, arrived in New York in her early twenties and became one of the literary lights of the 20th century.
“Lover, Beloved” is a collection of ten songs from the musical “Lover, Beloved: An Evening With Carson McCullers”. In the play McCullers is shown at two historical moments that bookend her career: the first, set in 1941, when The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter propelled her to literary fame, and the second shortly before her death, as she movingly reflects on her life and work. The songs, which she co-wrote with longtime friend and theatrical collaborator Duncan Sheik, richly capture the essence of McCuller’s insightful words and forward-thinking philosophies on gender and love. “I feel that McCullers’ ideas and thoughts are very modern,” Vega says, “and she incarnates them in a way that other authors don’t. She tried to live them and paid a price for it.”
The recordings on “Lover, Beloved” which feature Gerry Leonard’s evocative, atmospheric electric guitar playing are set on a beautiful bed of acoustic, piano, bass, drums, accordion, trombone and clarinet. That McCullers herself was an accomplished, classically trained pianist and that the lyricism of her writing reflects that innate musicality – only further enhances the shivery dynamic between words and music on the album.