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Natalie Merchant – Keep Your Courage
Natalie Merchant – Keep Your Courage
Natalie Merchant – Keep Your Courage
Natalie Merchant – Keep Your Courage
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Natalie Merchant – Keep Your Courage

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Release Date: 14/04/2023
Format: 2LP Limited Gold Vinyl/
2LP/ CD
Label: Nonesuch
Catalogue Number: 0075597907209/
0075597907872/
0075597907858


Nonesuch Records releases Natalie Merchant’s Keep Your Courage, her ninth solo studio album and first of new material since 2014’s self-titled record. An eclectic album, produced by Merchant, it features two duets sung with vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis (Resistance Revival Chorus), contributions from the Celtic folk group Lúnasa and Syrian virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and horn arrangements by jazz trombonist Steve Davis. There are lush orchestrations throughout by seven composers including: Gabriel Kahane, Stephen Barber, Colin Jacobson, and Megan Gould. Keep Your Courage comprises nine original songs by Merchant as well as an interpretation of ‘Hunting the Wren’ by Ian Lynch of the Irish band Lankum. The vinyl LP edition of Keep Your Courage includes four bonus tracks from earlier albums, previously unreleased on vinyl.

Merchant writes in her album’s liner notes, “The songs contained within this album were written and recorded during the global pandemic that began in the winter of 2019 and is in its fifth wave as I write, in the autumn of 2022. It has been, and continues to be, a period of great flux and fear on every level: global, national, communal, familial, personal. But this is not an album about the coronavirus or the chaos it caused. For the most part, this is an album about the human heart.” She continues, “The word ‘courage’ has its root in the Latin word for heart, cor, and we see it over and over in many languages: le coeur, il cuore, o coração, el corazón. This is a song cycle that maps the journey of a courageous heart.”

‘An artist with a singular voice and vision. Time has only amplified the power of Merchant’s music.’ – Mojo

‘One of the most successful and enduring alternative artists to emerge from the eighties intact and uncompromised.’ – Vogue

Tracklist

Side A:
1. Big Girls (feat. Abena Koomson-Davis)
2. Come on, Aphrodite (feat. Abena Koomson-Davis)
3. Sister Tilly

Side B:
1. Narcissus
2. Hunting the Wren
3. Guardian Angel

Side C:
1. Eye of the Storm
2. Tower of Babel
3. Song of Himself
4. The Feast of Saint Valentine

Side D:
1. Spring & Fall: To a Young Child (2023 Remaster)*
2. Butterfly (2023 Remaster)*
3. Giving Up Everything (2023 Remaster)*
4. Frozen Charlotte (2023 Remaster)*

*Vinyl only bonus content

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