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Tom McRae
 
 
 
 
   
 
     
 
 
   
 
Tom McRae
Album ‘Alphabet of Hurricanes’ 19th Feb
Single ‘Please’ 12th Feb
www.cookingvinyl.com ~ www.tommcrae.com


Tom McRae releases his new album ‘Alphabet of Hurricanes’ in Ireland on Cooking Vinyl on 19th February.
Available on CD and as a download, the album will be preceded a week earlier by the single ‘Please’.
Tom has also confirmed a full Irish tour to coincide with both releases.

::: LIVE ::: Irish Tour 2010
09-March-10 - Cork - Cyprus Avenue
10-March-10 - Limerick - Dolans Warehouse
11-March-10 - Galway - Roisin Dubh
12-March-10 - Dublin - The Academy 2
14-March-10 - Belfast - Spring & Airbrake


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Stevo Berube / Berube Communications info@berubecommunications.com or +353 (0)87 244 2695

‘Alphabet of Hurricanes’, McRae’s first album for Cooking Vinyl, was written over a two year period during which he toured extensively across Europe, North America and the Far East. “Touring lost me my sense of home,” Tom explains. “Traveling constantly kept my feet itchy – being in motion is the best way to feel alive without actually engaging. I loved it.”

“After a while I just ran out of steam. I wound up in New York and started writing songs, trying to make sense of the last few years. Somehow I had to reconcile the self-destructive side of my nature and the desire to constantly smash things up with the need to feel settled in order to have a better grasp on song-writing and recording. If everything feels breathlessly exciting all the time it’s probably time to take a break from touring.”

McRae, whose debut album was nominated for the Mercury Prize and a Brit Award, recorded the album at his house in Bow, London. He bought a banjo, ukulele, mandolin, drums, violin, an old piano and “other junk from ebay”. Here he began fleshing out the songs he’d been writing on his travels. He dragged his band and a few friends into the studio for a couple of songs and the record began to take shape.

The title ‘Alphabet of Hurricanes’ comes from a song that actually started the writing process, but won’t see the light of day on the record of the same name. Each year hurricanes are named alphabetically and last year the world went through the alphabet twice, which had never happened before. Such was the huge increase in hurricanes the world over. The revenge of the natural world unveiling itself in one of its fiercest forms.

“There’s a line in that song,” expands Tom. “‘An alphabet of hurricanes can’t blow this drifter home,’ which sums up how I felt. The turbulence in my life seemed stuck on repeat, but then I realised if you stop fighting the wind and tides and work with them, you can call it sailing."

So, maybe this is the sound of an angry man coming to terms with the vagaries of the world, the imbalance that it causes both personally and globally and the beginning of his understanding of where he fits in

 
 
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British singer-songwriter Tom McRae has been quietly moving up the ranks of the most respected songwriters in the world today after releasing four critically acclaimed studio albums over the last 9 years.

His eponymous debut album in 2000 was nominated for a The Mercury Prize, a Q Magazine Award, and a Brit, and the subsequent two years of touring cemented his reputation as one the most entertaining and powerful artists touring today.

Just Like Blood, his second album was released to wide acclaim, especially in America, where every track was licensed for TV and film use, his style of music fitting perfectly the more darker output of LA’s film studios.

In 2004 McRae moved to LA, and while making his third album, All Maps Welcome, began playing regularly at The Hotel Café venue in Hollywood. The connection McRae made with fellow musicians led to the Hotel Café Tour, a travelling revue show featuring dozens of artists, which annually tours the USA coast to coast, as well as occasional forays into Europe. The tour is something of a phenomenon in the states, providing a forum for new talent that may otherwise be unable to reach a live audience on such a scale.

After signing to V2 in 2006, the following year McRae released King Of Cards, a more upbeat offering than previous albums. The demise of the label during the promotion phase didn’t diminish Tom’s enthusiasm for the fight, and he toured the album twice that year, proving a huge hit at festivals across Europe, recruiting more fans everywhere he went.

Now, after a year away from touring, during which Tom moved back to London from Brooklyn, he is about to release his fifth studio album.

Alphabet of Hurricanes, is scheduled for release in February 2010. It is McRae’s most ambitious album to date, recorded over three years in studios, hotel rooms, and backstage both in the US and UK. Having set up his own studio, Gunpoint, in east London, McRae has been taken charge of the production once again, with his haunting melodies and poetic lyrics given a new sonic palette in an eclectic selection of powerful songs.

Tom will tour the new album with a full band, and - as his fans can attest – he’s an artist that can take the roof off a venue with his passionate performances, as well as forging a strong humorous bond with his audience.

The Alphabet of Hurricanes Tour and album and look set to further add to the cult that is rapidly springing up around this talented and dedicated artist.

 
 
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