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Rachael Yamagata announces new album: Chesapeake

on August 22, 2011, 12:55pm

yamagata Rachael Yamagata announces new album: Chesapeake

It’s been a quiet three years since we last heard from the soulful and sultry-voiced singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata. That will change with the release of Chesapeake on October 11th via Frakenfish Records. Her first studio album since 2008’s heart-stomping affair, Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart, Yamagata’s upcoming LP will further her shift from the piano-driven, pop-folk of earlier work into the grungier world of alternative rock where the likes of PJ Harvey frequent.

The lead single, “Starlight,” stands as a continuation of the unrestrained, head-on rock style Yamagata dabbled with on the second disc of Elephants. Amidst a thumping bass-line and pounding drums, the always earnest Yamagata questions if love is really, in fact, all a game. It is only fitting, then, that the video for the moody “Starlight” features her pouring her heart out at the carnival, and crooning in front of a carousel and other attractions, in a series of shots that are about as well-lit as select scenes from Barry Lyndon. Antiquated home-video footage of circus performers, airplanes and weddings are interwoven into the dark and vintage video. Much like past collaborators Ryan Adams and Ray LaMontagne, Yamagata has always been one to wear her heart on her sleeve. It’s no wonder that she has zero trouble expressing through her smoky vocals that she would, “jump from a moving train, just to keep you.” It is too bad that just like the assorted attractions and booths at the carnival, this game of love is most likely rigged. Check it out below.

Thirteen days after the release of Chesapeake, Yamagata will embark on an extensive tour throughout the United States beginning on October 24th in Portland, ME and coming to a close with a two-night stand at the City Winery in New York, NY on December 21st and 22nd. A complete listing of her tour dates is underneath the clip. 

Rachael Yamagata 2011 Tour Dates:
10/24 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
10/25 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Lodge
10/27 – Ithaca, NY @ Deliah’s
10/28 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse
10/30 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
11/01 – Washington, DC @ Birchmere
11/02 – Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
11/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
11/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
11/06 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom (Small Room)
11/07 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
11/08 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square
11/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Ballroom
11/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
11/12 – Davenport, IA @ Redstone Room
11/14 – Kansas City, KS @ Record Bar
11/16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
11/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room
11/20 – Spokane, WA @ A Club
11/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
11/22 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
11/23 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
11/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
11/27 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
11/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
11/30 – Tuscon, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
12/02 – Austin, TX @ Parish
12/03 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
12/04 – Dallas, TX @ The Loft
12/05 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom (2nd Stage)
12/07 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill
12/08 – Nashville, TN @ 12th and Porter
12/09 – Birmingham, AL @ Work Play
12/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
12/12 – Charleston, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
12/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
12/15 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
12/16 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
12/17 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners
12/18 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
12/20 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
12/21 – New York, NY @ City Winery
12/22 – New York, NY @ City Winery

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