Sunday, June 03, 2012
Rumer - Live at St. James Church, London, 5/24/12, Watch the Show Here and More
Rumer is one of our favorite new singer-songwriters. Her debut album took up residence in our player last year, much to our delight. She has one of the best new voices we've heard in a long time; it approaches Karen Carpenter in phrasing and tonal quality, plus she's got a penchant for Burt Bacharach style hits and movie themes from the sixties. She is about to release her second album, Boy's Don't Cry,which is all covers of lessor known songs from the seventies.
On Thursday, May 24th, Rumer did a show at St. James Church in London, singing songs from the new album as well as from her debut. The concert was streamed live by Amazon Music UK. Courtesy of The Guardian, we are pleased to bring you this concert in its entirety. Enjoy.
Photos courtesy of Rumer
Warners may be doing a good job for her in the UK (Seasons of My Soul has sold well over a million copies), but she's gotten sketchy treatment by Warners' sister company Atlantic in the US. Last October, Rumer came over with a striped down (for her) mostly acoustic band to make her US debut. She played about ten days worth of shows in major cities from coast to coast, yet Atlantic didn't even release her debut album; it finally came out here this past January.
Boy's Don't Crycomes out Tuesday in the UK, but Atlantic doesn't even have it listed anywhere on their release schedule for 2012, as of now. You can get import copies through Amazon and the Amazon Sellers. If you do, make sure to get the Deluxe Version, which has four more tracks than the regular CD, it's also available on vinyl.
For bonus videos, we have a couple of songs from Rumer's debut tour last October. When we caught her at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, we hadn't really planned on shooting video, but the show was so good that we shot a few songs with our iPhone. The resulting picture and sound turned out better than it had any right to be. Check it out.
As a super duper deluxe bonus video, we have Rumer's recent performance at the White House. She does "A House is Not a Home" at the Burt Bacharach and Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize concert. You can watch the entire show here.
Boy's Don't Cry: Deluxe Edition
Seasons Of My Soul