Jeremy Ivey announces new album “Invisible Pictures”
Today, Ivey announces Invisible Pictures, his third album for ANTI-Records to be released on March 11, which juxtaposes raw, flawless personal calculations with playful, dynamic performances and a rich, kaleidoscopic production.
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The first track is the bittersweet “Orphan Child,” a song that channels the gritty charm of ’60s pop as it comes to terms with the pervasive sense of loss that comes from just being alive these days. here and also reflects the personal experience of Ivey brought up by adoptive parents.
“I’m a darling orphan / I’m a nameless nomad living in this great stranger,” Ivey sings over punchy guitars and a fat B3. “Yes, I am an orphan but I am better off on my own.” Directed by Dylan Reyes, watch the swirling new song video below at the link below that follows a young boy and Jeremy as they walk, roll and squirm through colorful backdrops.
“I always felt like I was born in the wrong place at the wrong time in the wrong body to the wrong people,” Ivey said of the song and video’s themes. “Maybe it’s because I was adopted, but I think it’s more than that. As soon as you are born you are automatically judged by someone because of your gender or your race or about the culture you grew up in. Hated for something you weren’t part of. That’s what this song is about. “
Ivey released his critically acclaimed debut solo album, The Dream and The Dreamer in 2019, which NPR called “modern, independent. [and] super-cool “and Rolling Stone compared to” Beck from the Age of Mutations “.[s] the evils of the day – among them racism, xenophobia and the growing wealth gap – with the precision of a critic and the compassion of a poet. “
By the time he started working on what would become Invisible Pictures, Ivey had turned his gaze inward, moving away from the politically charged social commentary of Waiting Out The Storm to reflect on his own tumultuous journey. In recent years alone, he had welcomed a girl into the world, survived a particularly brutal episode of COVID, and watched the entire music industry fall into free fall. After touring off the table for over a year, he decided to expand composing, returning to the complex and harmonically sophisticated music that had fascinated him in his youth, but which had taken a step back since moving to Nashville and marrying Margo Price.
“I started listening to a lot of Paco de Lucía and playing nylon string guitar more at home,” Ivey recalls. “I also started to use more transient tones in my writing, and then I created chords to accompany those melodies, even though I didn’t know what I was playing.”
When it came time to record, Ivey continued to stretch, calling on famous producer Andrija Tokic and tasking him with putting together a group of players he had never worked with before. While some of the musicians ran in similar circles to Ivey around Nashville, others, like jazz violinist Billy Contreras, were brand new to him, and the infusion of fresh and diverse collaborators served only to raise the spirit of freedom and discovery already at work in writing.
“A lot of different people with very different musical backgrounds came in and out of the studio as we were recording,” Ivey explains. “When Andrija heard a sound in his head, he was just going to look for the player who could do it.”
Although the songs on Invisible Pictures are rooted in a 21st century whirlwind of chaos and uncertainty, the record is, at its core, an unmistakably feel-good collection, a collection that refuses to give in to the existential pain that he captures so skillfully. Instead, Ivey embraces pure, limitless creative freedom and sonic exploration, drawing inspiration from everything from flamenco and classical music to vintage indie rock and British invasion tunes to create a passionate and transcendent album. reminiscent of John Lennon and Elliott Smith. The album was even completed in Los Angeles alongside legendary Smith collaborator Rob Schnapf.
“When you sing a melody in your head, you can either put three chords or nine,” says Ivey, who plays one of Smith’s hollow body guitars on the record. “This time I aimed nine.
Watch the new clip here:
3/9 – Tampa, Florida – L’Orpheum
3/11 – Gainesville, Florida – High Dive
3/12 – Gainesville, Florida – High Dive
15/3 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville
3/17 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
3/19 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
3/20 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
23/3 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
3/25 – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
3/26 – Ridgefield, CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse
28/3 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere Music Hall
3/30 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi
3/31 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi
4/2 – Chicago, Illinois – Park West
4/4 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe