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Published on June 29th, 2020 | by Guest Editor

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Lianne La Havas Covers Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes”

ANNOUNCES LIVE SHOW FROM LONDON’S ROUNDHOUSE; TICKETED CONCERT WILL BROADCAST WORLDWIDE ON JULY 15TH

LIANNE LA HAVAS’ SELF-TITLED ALBUM OUT JULY 17TH

Lianne La Havas has announced that she will play a one-off solo live show on Wednesday, July 15th, at London’s Roundhouse, which will include new songs from her upcoming album and across her catalog. This very special, multi-camera, one-night-only performance will be broadcast via YouTube and timed to specific regions – North America will begin at 6pm PT/9pm ET. Tickets for the concert will be available beginning at 1am PT/4am ET on Friday, June 26th HERE.

Set for release on July 17th, Lianne La Havas’ self-titled album is her first project since 2015’s GRAMMY®-nominated Blood. The British singer/songwriter/guitarist shared a brand new cover of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes,” get it HERE. Previously released tracks from the forthcoming album include “Can’t Fight,” “Paper Thin,” and “Bittersweet.” Full tracklisting below. Recording “Weird Fishes” began by accident. Returning from a fantastic, sunny Glastonbury Festival performance in June 2019, La Havas and her core band decided to see if they could nail their lithe live version of Radiohead’s In Rainbows song in the studio. “I had the most wonderful, nourishing experience recording that,” La Havas says, “And that’s where I decided, the rest of the album needs to be like this. It’s got to be my band, and I’ve got to do it in London, whenever people have time.”

“This song is very close to my heart, and in the story of the record, the lyrics express exactly where I was,” she continues. “At the same time, it felt very appropriate to use it as a kind of test song to record with my live band, to see if we’d work as well in the studio as we do onstage—I’d always wanted to play live in the studio like in the ’70s. Everything felt right that day. I knew this is my direction; this is my album; this is my story.”

“Thom Yorke’s lyrics suggest finding a way out, and he’s used the imagery of the bottom of the sea and the unusual creatures that you might find there. For me, the deep means the unknown, when you get out of something so familiar. It can be scary, but he also says, ‘I hit bottom and escape.’”

The eleven songs on Lianne La Havas—ten originals plus “Weird Fishes”—span the arc of a love affair that brought growth and newfound confidence. “This is my first completely self-produced album with my band. I got my way with everything—all the decisions that you hear on this album were mine,” she says. “I’m a woman now, so I’m less shy and timid about saying certain things. And there’s no right or wrong when it’s your record, so I was very much embracing that fact as well.”

Lianne La Havas Tracklist

1.Bittersweet
2.Read My Mind
3.Green Papaya
4.Can’t Fight
5.Paper Thin
6.Out of Your Mind (Interlude)
7.Weird Fishes
8.Please Don’t Make Me Cry
9.Seven Times
10.Courage
11.Sour Flower

ABOUT LIANNE LA HAVAS:

Blood received a GRAMMY® nomination for the Best Urban Contemporary Album. It received tremendous critical praise, with The New York Times saying, “there are cross-currents of rhythm and harmony, melancholy and bliss, of romance and self-determination, of playfulness and purpose. But what comes across first is the sheer grace of her voice. It can be a breathy purr, a lilting tease, a liquid confession, or a torchy declaration.” Pigeons and Planes said, “In the modern world of artificial pop and electronically charged hits, Lianne La Havas brings life. Combining jazzy chord progressions, funky bass lines, and sweet, soulful vocals, (she) makes the kind of music that transcends current fads.”

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