Lindi Ortega Announces New Album & UK Tour

Lindi Ortega has announced details of her forthcoming new album ‘Liberty’, to be released May 25th, 2018 on Shadowbox Music exclusively licensed via Soundly Music. The Polaris Music Prize and Juno Award-nominated Canadian artist will follow the release with a UK tour in June, including London’s Garage on June 14th.

Ortega has today shared a live performance video of first track ‘The Comeback Kid’, watch here. Watch the song’s official video here, or listen to latest single ‘Lovers In Love’ here

Lindi Ortega “has always been the sonic embodiment of the red cowboy boots she’s often seen wearing: a fiery and dramatic take on modern country that’s impossible to ignore” (Rolling Stone Country), and her fifth studio record ‘Liberty’ is no exception. Recorded at Battle Tapes studio in East Nashville, Ortega and producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Rayland Baxter) scaled back the boot-stomping, throwback country approach that she’s known for, instead polishing a set of music that reflects her Mexican lineage.

Ortega and Wilson – who first bonded over their shared passion for Quentin Tarantino movies – then enhanced the sonic landscape with the help of Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy’s signature harmonica and Nashville-based band Steelism, drawing on the epic work of Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, who became one of Ortega’s musical obsessions during the writing and recording of ‘Liberty.’

Ortega wrote roughly half of the twelve tracks solo, and enlisted co-writers Aaron Raitiere, Bruce Wallace and John Paul White (The Civil Wars) for the rest. The result is a three-part concept album reflecting loss, séance, resurrection and freedom.

The journey from darkness is told from a crowd of unsavoury characters in ‘You Ain’t Foolin’ Me’ and even a lost love from childhood in ‘Til My Dyin Day.’ Then grief turns to desperation in ‘Nothing’s Impossible’ and ‘The Comeback Kid.’ However, the tides begin to turn on ‘Darkness Be Done,’ and about halfway through, with ‘Forever Blue’; the character makes a choice to follow the light.

Meanwhile the song ‘Pablo’ is inspired by her new husband, Daniel Huscroft. With a lilting melody and clever lyrics, ‘Lovers in Love’ showcases Ortega’s skillful songwriting. ‘Liberty’ concludes with ‘Gracias a la Vida’ from the pen of Chilean composer Violeta Parra. The title translates as ‘Thank you to Life.’

“Even though I always tried to have a silver lining, whether it’s by making my songs tongue-in-cheek, or writing some dark lyrics to happy music, there’s always been an element of balancing light and dark on my previous albums,” Ortega explains. “But this is a full story, and I want everybody to be able to take something away from it at the end of the day.”

Lindi Ortega, UK Tour Dates
June 2            Dublin, Grand Social
June 3            Belfast, Empire
June 5            Sheffield, Leadmill
June 6            Glasgow, Oran Mor
June 8            Newcastle, Cluny
June 9            Leeds, Brudenell
June 11          Manchester, Gorilla
June 12          Brighton, Komedia
June 13          Bristol, Fleece
June 14          London, Garage

Tickets on sale this coming Friday and available through Ortega’s website www.lindiortega.com

‘Liberty’, tracklist:
I. Through the Dust Part I
1. Afraid of the Dark
2. You Ain’t Foolin’ Me
3. Til My Dyin’ Day
4. Nothing’s Impossible

II. Though the Dust Part II
5. The Comeback Kid
6. Darkness Be Gone”
7. Forever Blue
8. In the Clear
9. Pablo
10. Lovers in Love

III. Through the Dust Part III
11. Liberty
12. Gracias a la Vida