Saturday, May 14, 2011

Imelda May: Love Tatoo

I was introduced to Imelda May from the soundtrack of Wild Target [2010] starring Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt.

Imelda was the spitfire who sang the “How High The Moon” tribute to Les Paul with guitarist Jeff Beck at the Grammys in 2010. 
The Dublin native’s album Love Tattoo features a similar retro rock-a-billy sound. 
 What sets Imelda apart from other rockabilly acts is her incorporation of traditional Irish and jazz instrumentation into her rocked out arrangements. [Full Review: Love Tatoo]
Her latest album Mayhem was released last October by Decca Records. Decca describes the album as "made up of a fusion of surf guitars, blues and rockabilly - but with an edge that comes from some even more eclectic influences. 

The first single "Psycho" channels the spirit of early PJ Harvey, whilst the heartbreakingly poignant "Kentish Town Waltz" conjures an image of Chrissie Hynde at her most reflective. "Mayhem", the upcoming single, clocking in at just under three minutes is a rockabilly whirlwind, showcasing Imelda's bluesy vocals and rootsy sound." [Decca Records] 

The Irresistible Rise of Imelda May an article by Tom Lewis on Decca Records web site is an interesting read. Imelda May - Official Website for Imelda May is a great way of keeping up with the latest news as well as downloading the Imelda May Retro Radio widget.

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