Melody Gardot's New Album, The Absence, Due May 29th, First Track, Mira, Out Today

The Absence

Melody Gardot's long awaited third album, The Absencewill be released on May 29th. Since signing with Verve in the fall of 2007, Melody has gone from Philly local singer-songwriter to become a true citizen of the world. And now Melody has absorbed many of the cultures and musical influences of the places her travels have taken her, and incorporated them into her music. This comes through delightfully clearly on the first track from the album, Miri, the video of which was released today.

In the past, Melody's exquisite songwriting and singing always seemed to take on an extra dimension when she did the occasional song in French, but the addition of bossa nova to Melody's mix has us beside ourselves with excitement. And that's not the half of it, here's the label's description.

The Absence is the third record from Grammy-nominated Melody Gardot. Produced by Heitor Pereira, renowned for his work as a film composer (Despicable Me, It's Complicated, From Prada to Nada) and world-class session guitarist (Sting, Seal, Caetano Veloso), the Brazilian-born, US-based artist shared Melody's enthusiasm for driving off the beaten path of Western pop, jazz, blues and soul. And he was as adventurous as Melody when it came to inventive sonic ideas. From the deserts of Morocco to the streets of Lisboa, from the tango bars of Buenos Aires to the beaches of Brazil, The Absence captures the essence of each of these exotic locales, while at the same time remaining quintessentially Melody Gardot.

Here is the tracklist for The Absence.

1. Mira
2. Amalia
3. So Long
4. So We Meet Again My Heartache
5. Lisboa
6. Impossible Love
7. If I Tell You I Love You I'm Lying
8. Goodbye
9. Se Voce Me Ama
10. My Heart Won't Have It Any Other Way
11. Yemanja

Photos courtesy of the Verve Music Group

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The album is STUNNING. Have you given it a spin yet? I'm eager to hear the Japanese bonus track too. There is nothing I'd complain about with this record. It's departure sure but it's also VERY Melody Gardot at it's heart.

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